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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The Intonational Phonology of Swabian and Upper Saxon
The study employs an autosegmental-metrical model of intonation to propose
an intonational grammar of Swabian and Upper Saxon German, respectively.
The analysis is guided by the assumption that each dialect exhibits a
specific distinct intonation. The phonological analysis is comparative in
nature: the implementation of accents is compared between the dialects in
terms of tonal alignment and excursions. In fact, the phonetic data present
evidence for the phonological analysis in that the individual tonal
categories differ significantly from each other. In addition, a functional
analysis of the intonation contours provides further evidence for the
phonological analysis. Based on the assumption that nuclear contours convey
intonational meaning, these meanings are analysed and compared. A certain
meaning can be attributed to intonation contours that differ phonologically
between the two dialects. However, the general shape of contours and its
association with meaning has been proved to be identical in the two
dialects and compared to a similar analysis of intonational meaning of
British English. This comprehensive study of dialect intonation contributes
to improve our understanding of intonational phonology.