The 31st Annual Conference on African
|The 31st Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be held at Boston
University from Thursday 2 March to Sunday 5 March 2000.
Although most of the program is of interest primarily to academic linguists and open to registered participants, two events are free and open to the general public:
"After Asmara: the future of African languages and literatures"
Friday 3 March 2000, 5:30 p.m., Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775
Comm. Av, Boston University.
This lecture, by the Kenyan writer and activist Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong'o,
is followed by a public reception.
"Afro-Atlantic languages & religious texts"
Saturday 4 March 2000, Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Comm. Av,
1:30 p.m. A. Schwegler (U de Costa Rica/U California Irvine)
The Black ritual curse: the art of sounding¹ in the Americas
2:10 p.m. K. Bilby (Smithsonian Institution)
Reevaluating the African lexical component of the Surinamese Maroon
Creoles: the Aluku case
2:50 p.m. K.K.B. Fu-Kiau (Boston, Mass.)
African diasporadic languages: unspoken but alive and powerful
3:30 p.m. M. Warner-Lewis (U of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)
Challenges in translating Trinidad Yoruba song texts
4:20 p.m. I. Miller (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,
From West African Ekpe to Cuban Abakua: linguistic evidence for the
presence of Africa in Cuba
5 p.m. Rey Gonzalez (Boston, Mass.)
Cantos de Lucumi: interpretacion
5:40 p.m. John Mason (Yoruba Theological Archministry, Brooklyn, NYC)
Problem areas in translating Yoruba texts
6:20 p.m. D. Dawson (American Museum of Natural History, NYC)
Palo Mayombe: the visual language of a Kongo religion in Cuba
The Afro-Atlantic panel is followed by a dinner-dance at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center at Villa Victoria/Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, 85 West Newton Street, South End, Boston. The dinner-dance is
catered by Restaurant Sodade Terra and features the Capeverdean band Spluson 2000. Dinner tickets ($15) can be purchased at the conference before noon on Saturday 4 March. (Please note that, due to legal restrictions, dinner tickets will not be available at the door.)
More information: V. Manfredi (617-441-2534, email@example.com).
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