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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Longgu is an Oceanic language spoken on the island of Guadalcanal in the
Solomon Islands. This grammar is based on fieldwork carried out in the
village of Bambasu in 1989 and 1991. The grammar provides a description of
the main areas of Longgu grammar. The focus of the grammar is the
morphosyntax of the language. Like other Oceanic languages, Longgu
exhibits complexity in the areas of transitivity and possession and, while the
sections on transitivity and possession provided here could be further
elaborated and clarified based on later fieldwork and research on related
Oceanic languages, the grammar covers these topics in some detail.
The grammar includes a very brief summary of the phonology of the
language, and provides an overview of basic clause structure in Longgu. It
provides information about word classes and describes the internal structure
of the verb phrase (or verb complex), noun phrase, and prepositional phrase.
In addition, it describes dependent clauses, co-ordination, and outlines the
structure of interrogative clauses. Longgu Grammar is an introduction to the
grammar of the language and reflects an initial understanding of a language
about which little had been written before this grammar.