Organizing Committee

The organizing committee for CoLang 2018 @ UF consists of faculty from three departments, all with an interesting in describing and documenting lesser studied and endangered languages.


George Aaron Broadwell, Ph.D.
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George Aaron Broadwell (Ph.D. UCLA) is the Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology. He is a linguistic anthropologist with primary research interest in syntactic theory, language and cognition, and language documentation. His research focuses on American Indian languages, with research in Choctaw, Timucua, Copala Triqui, and Zapotec.

James Essegbey, Ph.D.
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James Essegbey (Ph.D. Leiden University) is a linguist in the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. He is interested in descriptive, documentary and theoretical linguistics, especially in the domain of syntax, semantics and pragmatics; contact linguistics; language and culture; Kwa languages of West Africa, especially Gbe (i.e. Ewe, Gen, Aja and Fon), Akan, and Ghana-Togo Mountain languages, and creole studies. Lately, he has been working on the influence of the Gbe languages on Suriname creoles, and, more recently, the description and documentation of Nyangbo, one of the Ghana-Togo Mountain languages.

Brent Henderson, Ph.D.
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Brent Henderson (Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is the graduate coordinator for the Department of Linguistics. His primary research interests include syntactic theory, case and agreement, and Bantu languages. His other interests include Semitic languages and the acquisition of syntax.

Fiona McLaughlin, Ph.D.
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Fiona McLaughlin (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin)  is Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Language, Literatures, and Cultures. Her teaching and research involve African languages, phonology, morphology, and sociolinguistics.

Eric Potsdam, Ph.D.
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Eric Potsdam (Ph.D. University of California at Santa Cruz) is the chairperson of the Department of Linguistics. His research interests include syntactic theory and Austronesian languages, particularly Malagasy.


CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of America, and the University of Florida.