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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Isolation and Language Change
Contemporary and Sociohistorical Evidence From Tristan da Cunha English
Extremely isolated communities offer 'laboratory conditions' for examining the processes of language change and dialect formation. This book presents findings of the first-ever ethnographic fieldwork on the most remote island in the world with a permanent population, Tristan da Cunha. It documents the historical formation of a unique local dialect and investigates the sociolinguistic mechanisms that underlie dialect contact and new-dialect formation. It also uncovers the linguistic consequences of post-insularity - language change processes as a result of increasing contacts with other communities and speakers. Researchers and students of language variation will find this book a unique resource.
1 Large number of linguists interested in empirical studies of language variation/dialectology as basic to all sociolinguistic and historical linguistics training 2 Unique data: the first-ever ethnographic fieldwork in this community, so both spoken and written evidence 3 Isolation now recognised in language variationist work as a valuable 'laboratory' for testing theories of dialect formation 4 Both historical and contemporary data
Acknowledgements Introduction Contact, Isolation and Language Change: A Theoretical Framework Tristan da Cunha - Methodology and Fieldwork - Determining Input Interaction Present Tense Concord Categoricality and Homogenisation Present/past be regularisation Dynamism vs Retention Completive done Innovation and Independent Developments useta went Conclusion Notes Appendix: Some Phonetic and Phonological Aspects of Tristan da Cunha English Bibliography Index
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DANIEL SCHREIER is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He has published extensively on contact linguistics and new-dialect formation and has taught and lectured in Switzerland, the USA and in New Zealand.