Mariame Sy is the Coordinator of the African Language Program and a Lecturer in Wolof and Pulaar. She came to Columbia University in Fall 2005 from the Department of Linguistics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is finishing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. She has taught Wolof during the regular academic year for many years, as well as summer courses at institutions such as the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) and The Colorado Project study abroad program in Senegal. Her research interests include the morpho-phonology and syntax of West-Atlantic languages such as Wolof and Pulaar, and first and second language acquisition.