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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Being presented with phrases of the kind, 'take the plunge' and 'write a
letter', native speakers of English tend to agree that the former is more
idiomatic that the latter. What exactly is it about these two phrases that
guide speakers' judgments? Adopting a usage-based perspective, this study
addresses the question 'which factors do speakers rely upon when assessing
the idiomaticity of a construction?'.
Rethinking Idiomaticity is the first study to bring together a quantitative
corpus-linguistic approach and quantitative judgment data to explore the
nature of idiomaticity as a complex concept that comprises semantic and
formal variation parameters. Wulff's fascinating book is suitable for
researchers and postgraduates in the fields of lexicography, phraseology,
corpus linguistics and those who are employing quantitative approaches.
Cognitive linguists interested in the empirical underpinnings of their
theoretical assumptions will also find this required reading.