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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Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Volume 2 Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian
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The multi-volume Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian by Gábor Takács
'promises to open a new chapter in Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic comparative
lingustics'; (A. Dolgopolsky, in Israel Oriental Studies). The
amount of material offered, the extensive treatment of scholarly
discussions on each item, and the insights into the connections of Egyptian
and the related Afro-Asiatic (Semito-Hamitic) languages, including many new
lexical parallels, will make it an indispensable tool for comparative
purposes and an unchallenged starting point for every linguist in the field.
This second volume is in fact the first volume of the very etymological
dictionary. It comprises the Egyptian words with initial b-, p-, and f-.
The reader will find the etymological entries even more detailed than those
of the introductory volume, due to the full retrospective presentation of
all etymologies proposed since A. Erman's time, and thanks to an extremely
detailed discussion of all possible relevant data even on the less known
Afro-Asiatic cognates to the Egyptian roots.