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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Where do our metaphors come from? Why do we say 'he has a new flame'? Why
does the colour green signify immaturity in English but strength in French?
Why can we say 'dry humour' today but not 'dry' (thin) arms as in the
Middle Ages? Metaphor Networks attempts to answer such questions by
exploring the evolution of figurative language. Richard Trim investigates
how metaphors are created today by being linked to similar concepts and how
they are associated to images in the past. The findings of this study
reveal that certain regular patterns emerge. With the aid of substantial
evidence from former and present-day European languages, the author
proposes a number of theories on metaphor evolution and thereby offers a
considerable contribution to historical linguistics.