Akinlabi Re-elected as WOCAL President; Rutgers at WOCAL 7

Akinbiyi Akinlabi

Akinbiyi Akinlabi was re-elected to a second term as the President of the World Congress of African Linguistics on August 23, 2012. His re-election took place at the 7th WOCAL conference, which took place at the University of Buea, Cameroon, from August 20 – 24, 2012. He will serve the new three-year term, until August 2015. He was first elected to the position at the 6th WOCAL conference in Cologne, Germany, in 2009. WOCAL is the largest African Linguistics conference. The next conference will take place in August 2015, in Kyoto, Japan.

The team of Prof. Ken Safir, Prof. Mark Baker (who did not make the trip), and visiting Afranaph Postdoc Justine Sikuku, presented joint work stemming from the Rutgers-based Afranaph Project (funded by NSF BCS-0919086, Ken Safir, PI) at the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics at Buea University, Cameroon (“Actual Clauses in Lubukusu”  and “Subject Agreement and Antecedent Agreement in Lubukusu”), and Dr. Sikuku also presented another paper (also stemming from Afranaph) entitled “Comparing Reflexive and Object Marking in Lubukusu”.
In addition, Rutgers Alumnus Seunghun Lee of Central Connecticut State University also spoke at WOCAL presenting “Realisation of /Sc/ cluster in Xitsonga Loanwords”.