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
apologies to all ..... and thanks to the people who pointed ou that the URL for Barsky's book was incorrect in my review ...
the correct url is: http://www-mitpress.mit.edu/chomsky
i'm gonna blame it all on those damn gremlins - Feargal Murphy, Dept. of Linguistics, UCD. http://www.ucd.ie/~artspgs/gogs.html
LANGUAGES in CONTRAST: A new international journal for contrastive linguistics
Raphael Salkie (Brighton, UK: Managing Editor), Karin Aijmer (Gteborg, Sweden) and Michael Barlow (Houston, Tx, USA).
EDITORIAL BOARD (as of May 1997)
Michel Ballard, Universite d'Artois, France. Bart Defrancq, Universiteit Gent, Belgium. Monika Doherty, Humboldt Universitat, Berlin, Germany. Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway. Jacek Fisiak, Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan, Poland. Sylviane Granger, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Jacqueline Guillemin-Flescher, Institut d'anglais Charles V, Paris, France. Philip King, University of Birmingham, UK. Anna Mauranen, Savonlinna School of Translation Studies, Finland.
LANGUAGES in CONTRAST aims to publish contrastive studies of two or more languages. Any aspect of language may be covered, including vocabulary, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, text and discourse, stylistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Interdisciplinary studies are welcomed, particularly those that make links between contrastive linguistics and translation, lexicography, computational linguistics, language teaching, literary and linguistic computing, literary studies and cultural studies.
Contributions are invited for the first issues of the journal. Simple guidelines for contributors have been formulated to make it easy to submi papers. Please contact the Managing Editor (address below) for details.
WHY A NEW JOURNAL?
Contrastive linguistics needs a home. After many years of marginal status in the study of language, the contrastive dimension has recently come back to life in a big way. The availability of multilingual corpora has been an important catalyst. Parallel (translation) corpora - collections of texts and their translations into other languages - and comparable corpora - collections of similar texts in different languages - have both opened up new areas of research. Several EU projects (LINGUA, EAGLES and others) have been devoted in whole or in part to the creation and exploitation of such resources. Concordancing and aligning software tools have also begun to appear.
Research groups with a long tradition of work on monolingual corpora (Birmingham, Lancaster, Lund, Oslo, etc) have branched out into multilingual work. Bilingual lexicographers and computational linguists have also taken an interest in multilingual corpora. Because it is now so easy to obtain contrastive data, interest in some of the old questions of contrastive linguistics has revived, and it is possible to ask some new ones.
DEFINING THE FIELD
For many years, studies in contrastive linguistics have occasionally appeared in books and journals under the heading of translation studies, applied linguistics, lexicography, and computational linguistics. Recently such studies have begun to appear in greater number.
If the field is to develop - and, in the process, contribute more to these related fields - contrastive research needs an international journal of its own. This will enable the empirical coverage of the field to be widened and deepened. Advocates of different theoretical frameworks for contrastive research will also be able to set out their wares in a single marketplace, to the benefit of everyone.
** help to give the field of contrastive linguistics a distinct identity. ** stimulate research into a wide range of languages. ** provide a forum to explore the theoretical status of the field.
FIRST ISSUE: April/May 1998
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