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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Joseph Priestley, Grammarian
Late Modern English normativism and usage in a sociohistorical context
The eighteenth century was a key period in the establishment of standard
modern English. This period, referred to as the Late Modern English period,
witnessed the publication of an unprecedented number of normative works
aiming to define ‘correct’ English. Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) is best
known as a scientist and theologian, but his Rudiments of English Grammar,
first published in 1761 is an important work in the wave of English normative
grammars of the late eighteenth century. Using a multi-disciplinary approach,
this book investigates Priestley’s role as a codifier of the English language.
The author demonstrates that the influence of Priestley’s grammar on the
language has been underestimated and merits re-evaluation. Priestley’s ideas
on grammar are related to his broader philosophical thinking. It is shown that,
although Priestley is usually seen as one of the few descriptive grammarians
of the period, his grammar also contains decidedly prescriptive elements, and
that his adherence to the force of usage should be qualified. In addition,
Priestley’s usage is compared to the rules in his grammar using a corpus of
Priestley’s personal correspondence, created for this study. This book is of
interest to sociohistorical linguists studying Late Modern English and
historical linguists in general, as well as to social historians and anyone
interested in Joseph Priestley or the Late Modern period in England.