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UGA hosts African linguistic conference

UGA will host the 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics April 17–20 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. The conference is the largest annual international gathering of linguists and other scholars interested in African languages. The theme for the 2008 conference is “Linguistic Research and the Plight of Endangered Languages in Africa.”

The keynote address will be given by Ron Schaefer, professor of English language and literature and director of the Center for International Programs at Southern Illinois University.

UGA units hosting the conference include the African Studies Institute, the comparative literature department and the Institute for African-American Studies. Additional support for the conference came from the Romance languages department, the linguistics program, the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School. The program also is supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund. More information about the conference is available online ( or