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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This thesis develops a theory of Chain Uniformity based on a strict A/A-Bar distinction, replying to alleged shortcomings of an A-A-bar typology of syntactic positions. Arguing all positions within Functional Categories (FCs) are inherently undetermined w.r.t. A/A-bar, chain Uniformity allows a chain contextual determination of their A/A-bar status, eliminating the exponential complexity related to increasing number of FCs from a language acquisition viewpoint, yet allowing a cross-linguistic flexibility previous typologies lacked. Chain Uniformity implies a reanalysis of (non-unifrom) Operator-variable chains as two uniform chains connnected through Clausal predication (as in Null Operator constructions (NOCs)) at the level of AgrPs, capturing intricate properties of past-participle agreement in French (chapter 3). Other chapters extend the analysis to specific constructions, e.g. scrambling (chapter 5), Weak and Weakest crossover effects (chapter 4) and NOCs (chapter 6).