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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New German-American Studies / Neue Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien. Vol. 30
This book examines how a new dialect emerges. It is based on empirical
research carried out in Waumandee, Wisconsin, a small community set in a
linguistically uncharted territory in North America. Waumandee English is
influenced by the native languages of settlers who arrived from different
parts of Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria and Ireland.
Traditional dialectology augmented by sociolinguistic and psychological
parameters enables the reader to follow the path of current dialect
emergence in Waumandee English.
Waumandee history - Immigrants - Choice and defense of traditional dialect
approach - Description of sample population - Setting up a questionnaire -
Language change mechanisms in Waumandee - Different parameters governing
the analysis - Ethnicity - Gender - Psychological factors of intercultural
language acquisition - Dialect emergence and how a dialect can be defined
against a standard -Family tree model and Wave Theory - Language contact in
Waumandee - Establishing a lingua franca - Diachronic results from
synchronic data - The dialect situation surrounding Waumandee - Vowel
sounds - Great Vowel Shift - Consonant sounds - Metathesis - Grimm's Law -
Hypercorrections - Sandhi forms - Overview over the progressing changes in