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 Afranaph Project, http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu/, which was originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the languages of Africa, has expanded its empirical scope, using the infrastructure developed in the last nine years, to initiate explorations in other domains of grammar in the languages of Africa and perhaps beyond. The purpose of APDW-2, to be held at Rutgers University, is to encourage the development of research that exploits our data and our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on the project or the languages that are studied in it and to consider how best to develop the project over the next several years as a platform for research into new empirical domains.
Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax