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
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Basic Burushaski Etymologies
The Indo-European and Paleo-balkanic affinities of Burushaski
By applying the most stringent principles of the comparative-historical
method nearly two hundred Burushaski words are analysed which display firm
Indo-European correspondences that do not originate from an Indo-Aryan or
Iranian source. The etymologies show consistent and regular phonetic
correspondences and highly specific semantic concordance with the ancient
Balkan languages (most notably Phrygian and Thracian) and with
Balto-Slavic. The basic and compact semantic fields to which the analysed
vocabulary belongs (body parts, age and family relations, agriculture,
plant names, sheep-farming, geographical features, names of vessels and
tools, core adjectives and verbs) together with the derivational,
grammatical and structural correspondences point to a rather close
relationship and affinity of Burushaski with these linguistic groupations.
It can be concluded that there is an ancient Indo-European layer in
Burushaski which indicates an early relationship or contact in its history
with the Southern (Aegean) branch of I.E. on the one hand and with the
Northern I.E. group on the other, with which it shows remarkable and very
Further systematic study of Burushaski vocabulary and grammar should
clarify the implications of these findings and determine more closely
Burushaski's affiliation within Indo-European.