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
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
The Syntax of Negation and the Licensing of Negative Polarity Items in Hindi
This books studies syntax of NPIs and their interaction with sentential
negatives in Hindi. It outlines the clause structure of Hindi and locates
the syntactic position of sentential negatives as well as constituent
negatives within the structure. It is argued that sentential negative in
Hindi negation marker heads its own maximal projection, NegP, which is
immediately dominated by TP.
In addition to locating the position of negation markers in the clause
structure, it outlines the distribution of negative polarity items (NPIs)
in Hindi and the structural constraints on their licensing by sentential
negative. The book argues that an NPI in Hindi is licensed overtly in the
course of derivation by a c-commanding negative marker. The bulk of the
evidence presented in this book argues against previous theoretical
accounts that claim that NPI licensing involves covert syntactic operations
such as LF movement or reconstruction. With respect to the classification
of NPIs , this book also shows the existence of two different types of NPIs
in Hindi; namely, strong NPIs and weak NPIs. Strong NPIs require a clause
mate c-commanding negative licensor, whereas weak NPIs are quantifiers and
are similar to free choice 'any' in English that are interpreted as NPIs in
the presence of a c-commanding negative licensor.