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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Metaphor and Reconciliation
The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations
Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo Berry had her
first conversation with the man responsible. She had made a long journey,
"walking the footsteps of the bombers" as she put it, determined not to give
in to anger and revenge but to try to understand his motivations and
perspective. Her preparedness to meet Pat Magee opened up a path to
empathy that developed through their conversations over the following years.
This book studies their growing understandings of each other by focusing on
the rich networks of metaphors that appear in their conversations, and how
these evolve in the process of reconciliation. The innovative research
method, reported in a rigorous but accessible style, together with the rich and
often poignant data, make this book a valuable addition to the study of
metaphor and discourse. In uncovering the development of empathy between
these two extraordinary people, Cameron illuminates the moral necessity, and
the potential rewards, in trying to imagine the world and mind of the Other.
Implications are drawn for how mediators in reconciliation contexts might
make positive use of metaphor in supporting the dynamics of empathy.