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.
Tyvan (aka Tuvan/Tuvinian) is spoken by 150-200,000 people in the Republic
of Tyva in south centra Siberia. Tyvan (along with the closely related
Tofalar) stand out among the Turkic languages in several ways.
Tyvan has three sets of phonemic vowels: plain, long, and creaky voice.
Word-initially obstruents exhibit a contrast between unaspirated/aspirated
or voiced/voiceless, depending on the speaker.
There is also a phonemically marginal series of long nasalized vowels.
Tyvan has only one inflectional series for verbs, prefering enclitic
pronominals in most forms (in main clauses).
Large numbers of Mongolisms and Mongolian derivational affixes are found,
the latter often appearing with Turkic roots. Russian loans are also
numerous, and in the speech of certain younger residents of Kyzyl,
contact-induced restructuring can be observed. This study is a description
of present day Tyvan, particularly as used in the capital city of Kyzyl.
This is the first field-based study of Tyvan available in English and the
first description of Kyzyl Tyvan in any language.