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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John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of the following book in the field of Functional Linguistics
New Reflections on Grammaticalization
Ilse Wischer and Gabriele Diewald (eds.) University of Potsdam/University of Hamburg
The contributions in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues and raise a number of new questions that indicate the future direction of grammaticalization studies. The volume focuses on issues such as grammaticalization and lexicalization; the unidirectionality hypothesis; the issue of the relevance of contexts for grammaticalization; the description of grammaticalization paths. Much of the current work concentrates on such categories, as discourse markers, honorifics or classifiers, which have not previously been central to works on grammaticalization. Other studies take a new perspective on known grammaticalization paths by applying concepts adopted from other linguistic fields, such as prototype theory, morphocentricity, or by discussing their findings from a comparative or typological angle, presenting data from a large number of languages, often based on extensive empirical investigations of written and spoken text corpora.
Contributions by: Johan van der Auwera; Dagmar Barth-Weingarten; Philippe Bourdin; Adrienne Bruyn; Wallace Chafe; Concepcion Company; Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen; Aidan Doyle; Colette Grinevald; Gerda Hassler; Bernd Heine; Esa Itkonen; Jurgen Klausenburger; Lea Laitinen; Christian Lehmann; Carol Lord; Gunter Lorenz; Marianne Mithun; Muriel Norde; Jose Pinto De Lima; Taru Salminen; Sung-Ock Sohn; Soteria Svorou; Liang Tao; Heide Wegener.