Once again this year, SailGP makes its final European stop for the season in colourful Cádiz, Spain. Returning to the city makes a lot of sense. Cádiz is almost completely surrounded by water making it ideal for the close-to-shore sailing action that SailGP is famous for. Believed to be Europe’s oldest inhabited city, archaeological remains were found in the area that date back as far as the 8th century BC. Times have changed, but Cádiz remains ever appealing. It’s a buzzing city, and during Sail GP the extra visitors’ voices and accents from all over the world add to the cacophony of sounds that fill the winding streets. It’s quite difficult to believe that this vibrant city is home to one of the quietest places on earth.
Libraries gave us power…
This unusually silent chamber can be found at the University of Cádiz. Often referred to as UCA and known as Universidad de Cádiz in Spanish, it’s a popular public university that was officially established in 1979, with origins that can be traced as far back as the 15th century. Comprising of four campuses, the main Cádiz campus is located on the quaint streets of the old city beside Caleta beach. So perhaps it’s not only the strong academic reputation that makes the university popular with both Spanish and international students!
But we’re concentrating on one particular institute within UCA; the University Institute for Research in Applied Linguistics. Shortened to ILA, it’s a research centre that focuses on the social and academic needs related to speech and languages, with sound and acoustics playing an important role. Since its’ opening at the end of 2012, ILI has been recognised for excellence internally as a group within UCA and has also received external rewards and accolades for cutting edge R&D projects.
Within ILA, there are four specific offices that focus on 1) linguistic consultancy and advice, 2) clinical linguistics, 3) forensic linguistics and 4) language technologies and industries, and these are supported by two laboratories; one for phonetics and one for computational linguistics.