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African linguistics expert lectures Wednesday

April 13, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A prominent expert on African languages and linguistics will be on the Western Michigan University campus April 14 to speak on "Language Choice, Language Policy and Language Education in Ethiopia."

Dr. Baye Yimam, professor of linguistics at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, will present the free public lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Room 1021 Brown Hall.

Yimam is currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Department of Linguistics at Michigan State University and serves as editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, and Journal of Ethiopian Education.

In addition, Yimam is founding president of the Association of Ethiopian Languages and Literature and a member of the executive committee of the World Congress of African Linguistics. He has
received numerous honors, including awards or grants from the German Research Council, the Dutch National Science Foundation, the Norwegian University Council and the French Foreign Office.

Yimam has taught courses in linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has written one book and more than 30 scholarly articles. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of London and his master of arts and bachelor of arts degrees from Addis Ababa University.

His appearance is being supported by the Center for African Development Policy Research in WMU's Haenicke Institute for International and Area Studies, and WMU's Department of Foreign Languages, Department of English, Global and International Studies Program, and Africana Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Sisay Asefa, director of the Center for African Development Policy Research, at (269) 387-5556 or sisay.asefa@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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