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(April 2014) Seven SIL linguists presented their research at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 45), which took place 17-19 April at the University of Kansas. The theme for this year’s conference was “Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches.”
Although language endangerment is not as acute in Africa as in other world regions, it is still a concern. The continent is home to more than two thousand language communities, some with comparatively large populations and others quite small.
SIL presentations included:
Dr. Michael Ahland presents research during the Africa’s Endangered Languages workshop; the resource table included many SIL publications.
In addition to the presentation of research and opportunities to interact with colleagues, this year’s event also provided an opportunity for the establishment of a new organization, the Association for Contemporary African Linguistics (also abbreviated as ACAL). Rather than a loose community of practice, this will be a membership organization for linguists focused on African languages. Bylaws were approved and officers elected. SIL’s Dr. Michael Cahill has been chosen to serve as the new organization’s first Secretary.
*Presented as part of the Africa’s Endangered Languages workshop.