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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Prosody and the Acquisition of Grammatical Morphemes in Chinese Languages
In this comparison study, Hung investigates the influence of prosodic and phonological characteristics on the acquisition of frequently occurring grammatical morphemes in two morphosyntactically similar but prosodically different languages, namely Taiwan Mandarin Chinese (MC) and Taiwanese (TW). Through an analysis of the patterns of realization and omission of these morphemes in children's speech, he concludes that rhythmic characteristics of languages can affect segmentation of input speech by providing different kinds of prosodic handles for the novice to grasp. Metrical feet may offer MC children one kind of segmentation handle: neutral-toned grammatical morphemes that closely follow full-toned content words are in a position to be picked up as parts of unopened packages. In TW, however, since there is no opposition between full- and neutral-toned syllables, all syllables contribute equally to linguistic rhythm, and the syllable more likely functions as a segmentation unit for TW children.