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
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
This book presents the first comprehensive study of Dime, an endangered
Omotic language spoken by about 5400 speakers in south-west Ethiopia. The
study presents analysis of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the
language as well as a sample of ten texts and an extensive word list.
The author identifies a number of interesting comparative and typological
phenomena. These include a series of uvular and velar fricatives which have
not been reported in related languages. Dime has a two-way grammatical
gender distinction and a special plural-agreement, both manifested on
modifying categories. Rather than inflecting the same base pronoun-forms
for various cases, as is common in other Omotic languages, Dime uses
distinct subject pronoun sets that are formally different from object,
dative and other pronoun types. Phrasal word-order is flexible; there is
also a degree of flexibility in marking grammatical morphemes such as
number, definiteness and case which may be marked either on the head noun
or on the modifier or on both. Sentence-type distinction between
interrogative and declarative clauses is partly expressed through morpheme
reduction on the verb. That is, in the declarative, person-agreement
morphemes are obligatory whereas these must be dropped in the
interrogative. These and a number of other issues discussed in the study
make the work interesting for specialists on Omotic and Afroasiatic studies
as well as to general linguists interested in language typology.