"If your God is so mighty, why doesn't He speak my language?"
A Cakchiquel (Guatemala) man to SIL founder William Cameron Townsend
The University of Buea at the foot of Mt Cameroon in central Africa was host to the World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL). Linguists from all over the world converged here for a two week brainstorming on the future of African languages. Featuring amongst the presenters at the conference were four CABTAL linguists: Jacquis K. Welaze, who presented a paper intitled: Documenting the information structure of the Tunen language, Njeck Mathaus Mbah, who presented on Transforming Third World Nations through effective Translation and Interpreting, Dadak Ndokobai's paper was on reduplication in Mafa and Cuvok (two central Chadic languages of Cameroon) and Mirjam Möller's paper focused on the noun class system of Mmen (a central Ring Grassfields Bantu language).
SIL presentations of note include those by SIL President Dr. John Watters, as well as Dr. Mary Pearce, Dr. Ken Olson and Dr. Keith Snider. And 3 researchers from SIL Cameroon were also able to present their work: Richard Boutwell presented his study on synchronic labialvelar (a case study of gender 3/4 nouns in Eastern Beboid Languages), Cameron Hamm presented his study on reduction of noun classes and the emergence of semantic classification in Bafanji and Joseph N. Mfonyam presented a study on African proverbs and development. They all gave presentations ranging from descriptive to applied linguistics which are all areas where CABTAL and SIL are involved as organizations.