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.
Syllable Structure of Bangla: An Optimality-Theoretic Approach is a three
part study designed to provide the student/readers with a better
understanding about the structure of Bangla syllables in terms of phonology
and morphology. The book is divided into twelve chapters with each chapter
focusing on one particular area of the study.
The first part of this three part study focuses on the frequency of
occurrences of different consonant clusters in Bangla. It argues that these
clusters are best described with the help of the Bangla lexicon into three
strata that include native Bangla words (NB) as well as Sanskrit borrowings
(SB) and the other borrowings (OB). This part of the study focuses on the
analysis of these syllabic structures in Bangla with the help of the
Optimality Theory (OT).
The second part of the study focuses on a morphological analysis of the
standard verbal inflectional paradigms of Bangla in the framework of
Distributed Morphology (DM). This includes categories of tense/mood, levels
of politeness and persons. This analysis is then compared with the English
verbal inflectional morphology. In a later stage, Kar picks up the
Optimality Theory from where he left it at the first part and applies it to
analyze the outcomes of the morphological analysis in DM and following
phonological changes on them.