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The African continent is home to roughly thirty percent of the world’s living languages. The annual Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics provides an opportunity for Africanists from around the world to share research and network with colleagues. A number of SIL linguists were among those who shared research at this year's event.
(September 2013) The 43rd Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL 2013) was recently convened by the Department of African Languages and Cultures at Leiden University (Netherlands). Leiden is respected as a leading institution in both theoretical linguistics and descriptive study of African languages. CALL brings together Africanists from around the world. A wide variety of topics related to African languages were covered at the 26-28 August meetings. This year’s event included a special session on African sign languages. A one-day workshop on Nuba Mountain languages followed the main conference.
Presentations by SIL participants at CALL 2013 included:
Africa has a high level of linguistic diversity. In fact, the continent is home to roughly thirty percent of the world’s living languages. Far from a merely academic exercise, linguistic research contributes to such practical language development efforts as mother-tongue literacy and preserves language data for future generations. SIL offers a number of training opportunities in cooperation with academic institutions across the continent.Related links