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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The Syntax of Pseudo-Coordination in English and Afrikaans
The dissertation provides a systematic description of English and Afrikaans
verbal pseudo-coordination and a formal analysis couched in the Minimalist
program. It has implications for the way narrow syntax conjoins categories
and features and argues for a role for syntactic operations below the level
of the head. The dissertation also has consequences for the nature of
headmovement, excorporation and its triggers.
Verbal pseudo-coordination typically involves an aspectual verb coordinated
with a lexical verb. This dissertation argues that verbal
pseudo-coordination is not a unitary phenomenon and can involve
coordination of verbal heads rather than phrasal categories. The analysis
allows a treatment of pseudocoordination as ordinary coordination rather
than as subordination.
The typology of verbal pseudo-coordination is extended with a discussion of
reduplicative coordination and Afrikaaans pseudo-coordination with verbs of
posture. It is shown that coordination can target features at or below the
level of the head and that this allows strong conceptions of the Coordinate
Structure Constraint and the Law of Coordination of Likes to be maintained.