On July 6th Hugh successfully presented his paper entitled Keyboard layout as part of language documentation: the case of the Me’phaa and Chinantec keyboards. It was well received and received several follow up questions and comments. Many others in attendance face similar issues in their work with minority language speakers around the world. Both of us were able to attend and interact with linguists and anthropologists eager to explore the challenges of language documentation.
The event was held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge and hosted by faculty of Peterhouse College.
The trip to the conference allowed us to make several other visits. On the way through the London area we met with Liz and David, some of Becky’s colleagues from Nigeria. This was their first chance to meet Hugh and share with him some of the realities of life and linguistic work in Nigeria. The day following the conference we were able to meet up with Roger the editor of a volume recently published. Chapter 10 – The semantics of Ut-ma’in noun classes – is Becky’s first published book chapter which grew from a section of her master’s thesis. Roger shared a cup of tea with us in his back garden and handed Becky two copies of her first book (chapter) as two of his current tenants cheered us on.