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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How is linguistic theory related to linguistic practice? What do theoretical notions and models tell us about real-life language use? Are there any limits to what such notions and models can reasonably be taken to accomplish? These questions are fundamental to any serious investigation into the phenomena of human communication. The essays in this book show that philosophers and linguists of quite different brands have tended to give undue priority to their own favourite theoretical framework, and have presupposed that the descriptive scheme invoked by that framework constitutes a pattern to which any linguistic practice somehow has to conform. What unites the contributors to this volume is a critical attitude towards such essentialist aspirations. By investigating several concrete examples of this tendency - examples collected from such seemingly disparate areas as structuralism, contemporary analytic philosophy and feminist epistemology - the authors collectively manage to cast doubt on the very attempt to fit the whole of linguistic practice into a general theoretical mould.
Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: Historical Perspectives. On the Linguistic Turn in Philosophy; S. Stenlund. Humboldt: Grammatical Form and `Weltansicht'; O. Gundersen. Language as Sign and Use: A Study of Certain Aspects of Saussure's View of Language; M. Gustavsson. Part II: Prejudiced Preconceptions: Notions of Language Within Linguistics and Feminist Epistemology. Expression and Content in Linguistic Theory; S. Ohman. The History of Swedish Grammar and Professor Chomsky; S. Haapamaki. How Ordinary is Ordinary Experience? Language in Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science; S. Rider. Part III: The Practice of Meaning and Truth. Putnam on Truth; F. Stoutland. Meaning, Saying, Truth; M. Gustafsson. Part IV: Themes from Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein, Meursault and the Difficulty of Philosophy; P. Segerdahl. Wittgenstein, Logical Form and Grammatical Remarks; T. Johansson. On Rule-Following; J. Wilhelmi. Are We all Trapped in Nonsense? G. Steingrimsson. On the Need for a Listener and Community Standards; L. Hertzberg. References. Notes on the Contributors. Index.