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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In a 1969 publication the author proposed a Koiarian family consisting of
six languages: Koita, Koiari, Mountain Koiari, Ömie, Managalasi and Barai.
This family, part of the putative Trans New Guinea group of Papuan
languages, stretches from around Port Moresby on the southern coast of
southeast Papua almost to the sea on the north coast at the eastern end of
the Hydrographers’ Ranges.
In the current work the author enlarges on the lexicostatistically based
1969 work and applies the comparative method of historical linguistics to
the Koiarian languages, identifying shared innovations that define
subgroups within the family and reconstructing the protophonology and about
120 lexical items of Proto Koiarian. He provides similar reconstructions
for Proto Koiaric and Proto Baraic, the languages ancestral to the two
major subgroups within Koiarian.