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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Variation and Change
The Dynamics of Maltese in Space, Time and Society
The twelve contributions to this collection of articles focus on variation
and change in the lexicon, morphology, syntax and phonology of Maltese.
Various aspects of lectal variation are addressed: the properties of
sociolects, technolects, regional varieties, and different registers of
present-day Maltese are discussed. On-going changes are looked at in
several of the papers. The questions of whether or not there is a typical
Maltese EU-variety or a distinct sociolect spoken by the younger generation
are raised. Not all of the phenomena which attest variation can be ascribed
to the sociolinguistic sphere. Morpho-syntactic issues like the definition
of clitics, the causative-inchoative alternation and the employment of the
possessive relative clause are linked more closely to structural and
functional factors. Suprasegmental issues like the use of pauses in spoken
Maltese and the syllable structure of Maltese are scrutinized as well.
These topics are complemented by dialectological studies, investigations of
the pragmatics of Maltese and the description of literary Maltese. The
range of topics covered in this collection proves that it is worth the
while studying Maltese from the perspective of general linguistics.