It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Buin is a Papuan language of southeast Bougainville, and the manuscript of this dictionary was compiled by Don Laycok in the last twenty years or so of this life. When he realised in 1988 that he was terminally ill, he though about the things he wanted to achieve in the months that remained to him. Academically, the most important was the completion of his Buin dictionary, and he worked on this as far as his strength allowed. In his final days he asked his colleagies in the Department of Linguistics at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of the Australian National University to ensure its publication.
This has taken longer than anyone might have foreseen, largely because of the need for a suitable editor. In 1994 Masayuki Onishi completed his PhD on the neighbouring language Motuna and volunteered to edit the dictionary. This he has done, seeking to remain as true as possible to Don's manuscript and Don's intentions, aided by Don'e wife Tania and daughter Melany.