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 Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is hosting an OT workshop on November 9-10, 2012 focusing on recent developments coming from both theoretical and psycholinguistic investigations (including acquisition) in syntax/semantics. The workshop is co-organized by Géraldine Legendre (JHU) and Mike Putnam (Penn State). The workshop will feature a number of invited talks yet to be finalized. A webpage dedicated to the workshop at http://cogsci.jhu.edu/will be available by mid-August 2012.
Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax