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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A Comparative Survey of Reduplication in Australian Languages
This study presents a cross-linguistic examination of reduplicative
constructions in a sample of 120 Australian languages. It provides a
descriptive and comparative analysis of these reduplications, using a
cross-linguistic comparative methodology to clarify the role of
reduplication in grammar. This is especially relevant to Australian
languages since reduplication is largely used to express 'grammatical'
rather than 'lexical' meaning. Chapter one provides an introduction to the
aims and methods of the thesis.
Chapter two discusses the phonological structure of reduplication in
Australian languages by examining reduplication together with phonological
parameters as phonological word boundaries and stress patterns. Chapter
three characterises nominal reduplications and shows that reduplication of
'nouns' and 'adjectives' can be distinguished on a semantic basis, although
formal grammatical differences between the two classes may rarely be
evident in Australian languages. Chapter four examines the meanings which
verbal reduplication may exhibit, and shows a correlation between the types
of meanings found and the role of reduplication in verbal syntax semantics.
The study concludes with a summary of the findings, some conclusions, and
suggestions for further areas of study.