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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Initia Amharica: An Introduction to Spoken Amharic
C. H. Armbruster (1874-1957) was a civil servant in the Anglo-Sudan
government and a linguist specialising in African languages. After visiting
Ethiopia on diplomatic missions in 1906 and 1907 Armbruster published this
three-volume reference work on colloquial, spoken Amharic between 1908 and
1920. Armbruster's study of Amharic was one of the first to be written in
English, and exemplifies the shift among linguists away from the formal,
classics-based style of earlier reference grammars towards a focus on
colloquial speech and communication. His examples are drawn from direct
knowledge of the contemporary language, unlike similar works of the period
which were often based on centuries-old Ethiopian Orthodox biblical texts.
Volume 1 is devoted to grammar. Armbruster provides an extensive discussion
of the phonetics and phonology of the language and their relation to
Amharic script together with explanations and examples of verb
conjugations, syntax and sentence formation.