African Linguistics School

The School: During the summer of 2009, there will 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 will be held in Accra, Ghana 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 (university of Cocody, Côte d´Ivoire), phonology
	Akin Akinlabi (Rutgers Univ.), phonology
	Evershed K. Amuzu (Univ. of Ghana), languages in contact
	Chris Collins (New York University), syntax, field methods
	Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town), languages in contact
	Hilda Koopman (UCLA), syntax
	Amanda L. Miller (The University of British Columbia and Cornell University), Phonetics and Phonology
	Violeta Vázquez-Rojas Maldonado (New York University), semantics
	Pieter Muysken (Radboud University Nijmegen), languages in contact
	John Victor Singler (New York University), languages in contact
	Eno-Abasi Urua (University of Uyo, Nigeria), phonology
	Malte Zimmermann (University 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 2009 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 (Monday, July 27 – Friday, August 7, 2009)
8:30-9:45 a.m. Aspects of the syntax of Kwa (Aboh) Introduction to phonology (Urua)
9:55-11:10 Tone-intonation interface (Ahoua) Introduction to syntax (Collins)
11:10-11:30 Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:45p.m. Code-Switching (Amuzu and Muysken) Introduction to semantics (Maldonado)
12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 The syntax-semantics interface and cross-linguistic variation (Zimmermann) Pidgins and Creoles (Singler) Field methods (Miller)
3:15-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Seminar in Phonology: Models of Local and Non-local Assimilation (Akinlabi) Introduction to languages in contact/ sociolinguistics (Deumert) Structure and movement (Koopman)

Location: NYU-in-Ghana Academic Centre, Labone, Accra, Ghana.

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: Monday, July 27 - Friday, August 7, 2009

Arrival Date: Sunday, July 26

Departure Date: Saturday, August 8

Sponsors: NYU Office of Global Programs and NYU-in-Ghana.

	      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