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.
Within the framework of Chomsky’s Minimalism and Formal Semantics,
this work documents the development of the Mauritian Creole (MC) determiner
system from the mid 18th century to the present. Guillemin proposes that the
loss of the French quantificational determiners, which agglutinated to nouns,
resulted in the occurrence of bare nouns in argument positions. This triggered a
shift in noun denotation, from predicative in French to argumental in MC, and
accounts for the very different determiner systems of the creole and its lexifier.
MC nouns are lexically stored as Kind denoting terms, that share some of the
distributional properties of English bare plurals. New MC determiners are
analyzed as ‘type shifting operators’ that shift Kinds into predicates, and serve
to establish the referential properties of noun phrases. The analysis provides
evidence for the universality of semantic features like Definiteness and
Specificity, and the mapping of their form and function.