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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Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 48
This is the second volume of papers on sign-based linguistics to emerge from Columbia School linguistics conferences. One set of articles offers semantic analyses of grammatical features of specific languages: English full-verb inversion; Serbo-Croatian deictic pronouns; English auxiliary do; Italian pronouns egli and lui; the Celtic-influenced use of on (e.g., ‘he played a trick on me’); a monosemic analysis of the English verb break. A second set deals with general theoretical issues: a solution to the problem that noun class markers (e.g. Swahili) pose for sign-based linguistics; the appropriateness of statistical tests of significance in text-based analysis; the word or the morpheme as the locus of paradigmatic inflectional change; the radical consequences of Saussure’s anti-nomenclaturism for syntactic analysis; the future of ‘minimalist linguistics’ in a maximalist world. A third set explains phonotactic patterning in terms of ease of articulation: aspirated and unaspirated stop consonants in Urdu; initial consonant clusters in more than two dozen languages. An introduction highlights the theoretical and analytical points of each article and their relation to the Columbia School framework. The collection is relevant to cognitive semanticists and functionalists as well as those working in the sign-based Jakobsonian and Guillaumist frameworks.
Table of Contents
List of contributors vii•viii Introduction ix•xxi Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Issues (What) do noun class markers mean? Ellen Contini-Morava 3•64 Rethinking the Place of Statistics in Columbia School Analysis Joseph Davis 65•90 The Linguistic Sign in its Paradigmatic Context: Autonomy Revisited Mark J. Elson 91•109 Part II. Sign-Based Linguistic Analyses A Surpassingly Simple Analysis Joseph Davis 113•136 Serbo-Croatian Deixis: Balancing Attention with Difficulty in Processing Radmila J. Gorup 137•155 Do • One Sign, One Meaning? Walter Hirtle 157•169 Data, Comprehensiveness, Monosemy Charles Ruhl 171•189 Phonology As human Behavior: Initial Consonant Clusters Across Languages Yishai Tobin 191•255 Celtic Sense in Saxon Garb Michael P. Wherrity 257•271 Problems of Aspiration in Modern Standard Urdu Abdul Azim 273•307 Part III. Columbia School in the Context of 20th Century Linguistics Cognitive and Semiotic Modes of Explanation in Functional Grammar Alan Huffman 311•337 The Future of a Minimalist Linguistics in a Maximalist World Robert S. Kirsner 339•371 Saussurean Anti-Nomenclaturism in Grammatical Analysis: A Comparative Theoretical Perspective Ricardo Otheguy 373•403 Index of Names 405 Index of Subjects 409