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: Cimbrish, Australian Web Site, Best Grammar(s)
we want to inform you that a course in Cimbrish, a very old westgermanic language spoken in Norther Italy til today, will be held next week on our mailing list. If there is interrest to submit or to take part, please inform us with some words: Cimbrian-Listemail@example.com
If there is further interrest in that seriously endangered language, see: http://www.diens.de/Zimberland
Gildo Bidese and Oliver Baumann
The web site for the 5th Australian Linguistic Institute is now on line a the following URL:
Only preliminary information is currently posted but new details will be added as they become available.
Simon Musgrave Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics University of Melbourne
Best Grammar(s) of the Twentieth Century
As we approach the quadruple witching of end-of-the-year, end-of-the-decade, end-of-the-century & end-of-the-millenium, register your nomination for the 'best' grammar(s) of the twentieth century. 'Best', of course, translates directly into 'favorite'. It is a subjective reaction, but we must all have our 'best'/'favorite' grammars.
*These will be grammars made public/published after January 1, 1900. But they may be dissertations that were never distributed otherwise.
*These will be 'book length', meaning that (however long) they will not be a part of a collection of 'sketches', although they may be monographs in a series. They will have a separate bibliographical identity, i.e., their own ISBN.
*Please provide bibliographical information: Author(s). Date. Title. Place of Publication: Publisher.
*These will be 'synchronic' grammars.
*They will be 'grammars'. Although phonetics & phonology are normally components of a grammar, works confined to those areas, e.g. The Sound Pattern of English, will not be eligible.
*You can nominate/vote for as many grammars as you wish.
*You can only nominate/vote once for a given title.
*You can return and nominate/vote again if a title, which had earlier slipped your mind, occurs to you.
*Yes, if you insist, you can nominate/vote for your own grammars.
*You can provide reasons for your selection(s), and those comments may appear in association with the respective titles. I _especially_ encourage this.
*Only positive nominations/votes will be tallied and only neutral/positive remarks, repeated. Flames will be ignored.
*If you wish your comments to remain anonymous, tell me and I will attribute them to 'Anon.'
*When/If there are sufficient responses to generate a list, it will be available www.ruf.rice.edu/~pwd/index.html.
*You have until December 31, 1999, 11:59pm. The list, if there is one, will stay up after that.
*You may nominate/vote by leaving me e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line: 'Grammar(s)'.
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