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
Dravidian linguistics, the modern linguistic studies of the sixth largest families of language in world come of an age now. For the last two centuries the wide range of aspects of Dravidian languages from historical comparative to computational aspects has been studied. In addition to the different streams of classical and medieval grammatical traditions in each language, the modern treatment of these languages as an independent family is rightly started with the Note to the Introduction by Francis Whyte Ellis in 1816. Therefore, in 2016 the history of the modern study of Dravidian languages will reach to an age of 200 years development. For a better forward towards the future, it is a high time we have to initiate an assessment of the current status of linguistic studies in general and of course the more specifically the historical and comparative studies in Dravidian languages. Therefore, as a major programme of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Department of Linguistics (1963-), University of Kerala we are organizing a three days international seminar on The Current Trends in Dravidian Linguistics 27-29 May 2013.