"We wish to congratulate the conference organizing committee under the guidance of Professor Charlyn Dyers (photo left), Department of Linguistics host department and Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) on a well-organised and informative conference. Your hard work was greatly appreciated", says Prof. Rinelle Evans, newly elected SAALT chairperson.
Registration took place on 4 July, followed by a welcoming cocktail during which the VC of UWC, Prof Tyrone Pretorius, addressed the delegates. Keynote, panel and individual presentations ran in seven parallel sessions between 5-7 July.
Keynote addresses were delivered by the following scholars:
- Prof Kathleen Heugh, University of Southern Australia: Southern Multilingualisms.
- Prof Bassey Antia, University of the Western Cape: Bringing the African multilingual heritage into contexts of learner assessment: rationales from terminology for a plea to diversify the languages of South Africa’s ‘matric’ exams.
- Prof Perpetua Goncalves, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique: Research on contact-based varieties of European languages: What can we learn from New African Portugueses?
- Prof Ana Deumert, University of Cape Town: Southern Exposure – Rethinking Linguistics.
The above is an extract adapted from the official conference report prepared by Prof. Charlyn Dyers - Conference convenor