Bantering with the Bantu

Language map of the Lower Fungom, Cameroon.

A language map of the Lower Fungom, Cameroon. 

Jeff Good, PhD, chair of the Department of Linguistics and author of "The Linguistic Typology of Templates," discusses unique social dynamics of language in Northwest Cameroon, as well as how technology is helping create a clearer picture of who speaks what, where and why.

Good finds fertile ground for interdisciplinary collaboration. For instance, he’s working with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to develop a data-collection tool for smart phones that could help linguists capture endangered languages before they disappear, and with Ling Bian, PhD, of the Department of Geography on detailed linguistic mapping using GIS and social network representations.

Published January 2018

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