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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Areal and Genetic Factors in Language Classification
This is intended to be a collection of papers the origin of which is the set of lectures given by selected scholars from different Universities of Europe at Charles University in Prague in 1997-1998 on present-day problems of language classification and description, with particular attention to Africa. In these lectures, particular attention is paid to languages, language families/or branches and areas the status of which still remains to some extent open to discussion, despite years of more or less concentrated and concerted efforts. Several lectures are devoted to problematic languages, language branches, families and areas of Africa south of the Sahara, which is a region where even today open options in language classification and description remain almost as frequent as cases of the firmly and reliably established ones. This volume is based on genuine experience in describing the languages concerned. This volume does not intend to re-open the past confrontations between the genetic and the areal approach to language classification and description, but - rather - to face the new opportunities in their combined efforts, as they can be illustrated on data from problematic dialects, languages, vs. language families and areas.