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
The ‘Tzartzaneia 2012’ conference approaches the rather underrepresented linguistics area of Language Variation in Modern Greek. Paying tribute to Achilles Tzartzanos, a pioneer of Greek linguistics, the organizers’ ambition is to bring in touch the concerned about the topic members of the researching and educational community, creating the conditions for a fruitful scientific dialogue, in order to analyze language variation, the nature of linguistic choices of the users of Modern Greek and the constraints due to linguistic, spatial and social factors.