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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Like many Bantu languages, Setswana is remarkable for the complexity of its
tonal morphology, particularly in the verb system. This work provides the
first comprehensive study of verb tonology in Setswana, a language of the
Sotho group spoken in Botswana and South Africa. The author, a major
contributor to general and African linguistics, and his two co-authors
develop a domain-based approach to Setswana tonology which is particularly
relevant to recent developments in the theoretical study of tone. It is
shown that most tonal alternations observed in the morphology of the
Setswana verb can be described as expansions or retractions of high tone
domains, but that segmentally and tonally empty syllables must be posited
in underlying representations in order to achieve an optimal account of the
tonal phenomena in question.
After presenting a general introduction of the framework and the language,
Creissels et al. provide separate chapters analyzing the tonology of
individual tenses in the language. The result is a model that can be
profitably applied to the description and explanation of other Bantu
languages where underlying high tones have been clained to contrast with zero.