Matthias Brenzinger: Our Featured Linguist!
It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
FYI: Soqotri original text available in Semitic linguistics archive
California Linguistic Notes, Volume XXXIV No. 1 ISSN 1548-1484, winter,
2009, has published one more Soqotri original text in North-Western
Soqotri dialect - a Tale of Two Brothers (the first beginning part of the
Soqotran tale) which is very close to the Ancient Egyptian tale of Two
Brothers from the d'Orbiney papirus.
With English translation and comments.
The sound recording of this fragment could be found at SemArch website of