African Linguistics School 2011

The School: During the summer of 2011, there would be a two week school that focuses on the study of African languages and linguistic theory. One of the biggest challenges most African countries face is the maintenance and management of linguistic diversity. In order to meet these challenges, it is necessary to have access to advanced linguistic tools. This school aims at offering African students the possibility of becoming familiar with new advances in linguistic description and theory. The school would be held in Centre Songhaï, Porto-Novo, Rep. of Benin and will center around four major linguistic domains: Syntax, Phonology, Semantics, and Language Contact.

Faculty: The faculty consists of both senior and junior scholars, including the following:

	Enoch O. Aboh (Univ. of Amsterdam), syntax
	Firmin Ahoua (Univ. of Cocody, Côte d´Ivoire), phonology
	Akin Akinlabi (Rutgers Univ.), phonology
	Evershed K. Amuzu (Univ. of Ghana), languages in contact
	Edmond Biloa (Univ. of Yaoundé I), comparative syntax
	Chris Collins (NYU), syntax, field methods
	Ana Deumert (Univ. of Cape Town), languages in contact
	Claire Halpert  (MIT), syntax, field methods
	Paul Kerswill (Lancaster Univ.), sociolinguistics
	Hilda Koopman (UCLA), syntax
	Violeta Vázquez-Rojas Maldonado (NYU), semantics	
	Amanda L. Miller (Ohio State Univ.), Phonetics and Phonology
	Mary Paster  (Ponoma College) , phonology
	Roland Pfau   (Univ. of Amsterdam), syntax, sign language
	John Victor Singler (NYU), languages in contact
	Kofi Yakpo  (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen), languages in contact
	Malte Zimmermann (Univ. Potsdam), semantics 

Eligibility: This program is open to all students interested in linguistics, including syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and languages in contact.

Admissions: Admissions for the 2011 African Linguistics School are now closed.

Courses: There will be introductory courses and advanced seminars. There will also be a field methods course where we look into an endangered and/or a less studied African language.

Course Schedule:

Each day classes will be held from 8:30 to 5:00. The day will include five 75-minute class periods. Students will be expected to take three to five classes per day. All classes will be held in English.

COURSE SCHEDULE (July 17th-July 31st, 2011)
8:30-9:45 a.m. Information structure and syntax in Kwa and beyond (Aboh) Introduction to phonology (Paster) Code-switching (Amuzu and Singler)
9:55-11:10 Introduction to syntax (Collins) Phonetic field methods (Miller)
11:10-11:30 Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:45p.m. Introduction to semantics (Maldonado) Syntactic field methods (Halpert) Introduction to sign language (Pfau)
12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Introduction to Information Structure (Zimmermann) Constraints in Phonological theory (Akinlabi) Pidgins and creoles (Singler and Yakpo)
3:15-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Week 1: Structure and movement (Koopman),
Week 2: Aspects of the syntax of Tuki (Biloa)
Tone-Intonation interface (Ahoua) Introduction to languages in contact/ sociolinguistics (Deumert and Kerswill)

Costs: The school is free. There is no tuition or fees charged. Lodging will be covered by the school. Students traveling within Africa will be eligible for a limited number of travel grants.

Dates: July 17th-July 30th, 2011

Location: Centre Songhaï, Porto-Novo, Rep. of Benin

	      Chris Collins (NYU), 
	      Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam), 
	      John Victor Singler (NYU), 
	      Akin Akinlabi (Rutgers)

Archives: African Linguistics School [under construction]

Useful Links:

            	(a) Ling Buzz (b) ACLC Working Papers (c) ULCL Working Papers(d) EGG (e) NYU Department of Linguistics