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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SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature Vol. 4
'Extremely Common Eloquence' presents a detailed analysis of the narrative
and rhetorical skills employed by working-class Scots in talking about
important aspects of their lives. The wide range of devices employed by
the speakers and the high quality of the examples provide convincing
evidence to reject any possible negative evaluation of working-class
speech on the basis of details of non-standard pronunciation and grammar.
In addition to this display of linguistic accomplishment the examples
examined show how these skills are employed to communicate important
aspects of Scottish identity and culture.
Although the political status of Scotland has fluctuated over the past four
hundred years, the sense of Scottish identity has remained strong. Part of
that sense of identity comes from a form of speech that remains markedly
distinct from that of the dominant neighbour to the south. There are
cultural attitudes that indicate a spirit of independence that is
consistent with this linguistic difference. The ways in which the speakers
in this book express themselves reveal their beliefs in egalitarianism,
independence, and the value of hard work. 'Extremely Common Eloquence'
demonstrates how the methods of linguistic analysis can be combined with an
investigation into cultural values.
List of speakers
Chapter One: The Study of Language
Chapter Two: The Problems of Transcription
Chapter Three: A Small Soap Opera
Chapter Four: The Uses of Dialogue
Chapter Five: The Significance of Stories
Chapter Six: Third Person Narratives
Chapter Seven: A Stylistic Anomaly
Chapter Eight: Family Stories
Chapter Nine: The Auld Scotch Tongue
Chapter Ten: The Culture of Jock Tamson’s Bairns
Chapter Eleven: The Poetry of Talk
Chapter Twelve: Discover the People
Appendix A: Len M.'s Trip to Russia and Two Versions of a Story
Appendix B: Bill Dalgleish's Story
Appendix C: Bella K.'s Father