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 workshop is second in series to the 1st Workshop on Tone and Intonation (WTI1) that was held between 26 and 27 January 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. This year the focus of the workshop is on developing linguistic and computational models of tone and intonation that can be evaluated against large-scale data. To that end, the emphasis for this workshop is on building a collaborative environment for linguists, speech scientists and technologists. The workshop will consist of invited talks by experts from fields of linguistics, speech sciences, and signal processing. The primary goal of the workshop is to facilitate interdisciplinary research between these related fields and also to provide direction to students and scholars working in the fields of tone and intonation.