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.
In this innovative study, Professor Narahara offers a multi-disciplinary description of the Japanese copula, revealing it to be at the interface of morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Most striking is her discovery of the copula's function to express the speaker's knowledge or ignorance about the proposition of the sentence. She provides a new morphological feature analysis to derive this modal function and further proposes a series of unified accounts for a wide range of discourse phenomena.
Acknowledgements - PART ONE: CONCEPT OF COPULA - Introduction to Japanese Copula - Copula as a Universal Notion - PART TWO: FORMS AND FUNCTIONS: THE VIEW FROM FEATURE MORPHOLOGY - Grammatical Feature Representation - Against Overt Present Tense Feature Morphology - Categorial Marking Analysis - PART THREE: EVOLUTION OF INFLECTIONAL MORPHOLOGY - Categorial Forms in a Diachronic Perspective - Forms and Functions of Modern Copula - Da - Discourse Functions of Da and Zyanai - Index
TOMIKO NARAHARA is Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics and Director of the Japanese Language Programme at the University of California, Santa Barbara.