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
This international and interdisciplinary conference focuses on original and innovative work relating to methods of analysing empirical data, to the use and status of such data in the Linguistic Sciences. The conference concerns all types of data extracted from various sources (texts, sound recordings, multimedia, images, movies, web data, etc.), central to all areas of the linguistic sciences, as well as other scientific disciplines interested in linguistic issues (e.g. sciences and technologies contributing to the study, design and implementation of models of information systems, computer sciences, medicine, etc.). The conference is in line with certain issues related to the French ANR (National Research Agency) call for projects ‘Corpus’. Setting up or elaborating corpora and databases, developing and using analysis and processing tools represent, for the various areas of the linguistic sciences, essential steps in their research endeavours. Conceptual models or tools contribute to theoretical breakthroughs and modelling of cognitive issues which are usually quite complex.
Discipline of Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics