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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A few weeks ago I saw somebody mentioning that he used Google to see how
some English phrases are used or something.
I often use Alta Vista or Yahoo in my work as a translator to find out ''if
it is said this way in such and such language.''
Does anybody have any data on the validity of such searches? Do they have
any quantitative value?
Any other data on the use of the Internet search engines for linguistic