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
Since 2007, the Cornell UnderLings has hosted an annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC) in Spring (usually in March or April) to provide an opportunity for undergraduate linguistics majors from all over the world (mostly from North America) to present their research and exchange ideas with one another. Some keynote speakers we have had in the past colloquiums include: Prof. Bruce Hayes (UCLA), Prof. Norvin Richards (MIT), Prof. John Hale (Cornell), Profs. Molly Diesing and Sally McConnell-Ginet (Cornell).