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 "Agreement and Head Movement", Ian Roberts explores the consequences of
Chomsky's conjecture that head movement is not part of the narrow syntax,
the computational system that relates the lexicon to the interfaces. Unlike
other treatments of the subject that discard the concept entirely,
Roberts's monograph retains the core intuition behind head movement and
examines to what extent it can be reformulated and rethought. Roberts
argues that the current conception of syntax must accommodate a species of
head movement, although this operation differs somewhat in technical detail
and in empirical coverage from earlier understandings of it. He proposes
that head movement is part of the narrow syntax and that it applies where
the goal of an Agree relation is defective, in a sense that he defines.
Roberts argues that the theoretical status of head movement is very
similar--in fact identical in various ways--to that of XP-movement. Thus
head-movement, like XP-movement, should be regarded as part of narrow
syntax exactly to the extent that XP-movement should be. If one aspect of
minimalist theorizing is to eliminate unnecessary distinctions, then
Roberts's argument can be seen as eliminating the distinction between
"heads" and "phrases" in relation to internal merge (and therefore reducing
the distinctions currently made between internal and external merge).