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 SLAT Roundtable is an annual conference sponsored by the University of Arizona's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). The roundtable serves as a site of scholar exchange for researchers in a number of fields relating to second and foreign language acquisition, learning, and teaching. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Julie A. Belz (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and the plenary speaker is Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona).