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.
Possession is one of the most widely studied topics in the generative grammar. Recently there has been increasing interest in the syntax and semantics of possession. Although many studies have been conducted on European languages, research on possessive constructions in Japanese has been quite sparse. This is regrettable because Japanese presents us with an interesting showcase of possessive syntax in virtue of a wide range of constructions and their intricate properties. Attempting to fill this gap, The Syntax of Possession in Japanese offers an in-depth study of the sentential possessive expressions in Japanese. The author gives a comprehensive overview of the background issues, critically evaluates previous studies, and proposes new analyses incorporating many recent developments in the minimalist program. The primary focus of the study is on the question of how possessive semantics is represented in syntax at the sentential level when there seems to be no designated verbs of possession. It presents new pieces of empirical data that shed light on some of the crucial questions regarding syntactic encoding of possessive semantics, including, (i) How are possessive expressions are related to other ostensibly similar constructions such as existential/locatives? (ii) How are different types of possessive relationships (e.g., inalienable vs. alienable) encoded in syntax?
This book is a welcome addition to scholarship on syntactic theory, the syntax of possession, and Japanese linguistcs.