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 reference grammar of Gidar, spoken in the Northern Province of
Cameroon by some 40.000 people, contains hypotheses on the forms and
functions of its linguistic structures and supporting argumentation and
evidence. The language belongs to the Central Branch of Chadic languages,
but its phonology, morphology, and syntax differ significantly from those
of related Chadic languages and include rare or hitherto unobserved
phenomena. Gidar has fronting and rounding long distance vowel
assimilations that operate to the left and the right of the triggering
vowel. Some prepositional phrases are incorporated within the verbal piece
framed by aspectual markers. There are two tense and aspectual systems. The
focus on the verb requires the formation of a special phrase whose head is
an infinitive form of the verb with its object.