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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De l'imagination à l'entendement. La puissance du langage chez Spinoza
Le langage n'est pas, comme le pensent bon nombre de philosophes à l'époque classique, le véhicule de nos erreurs et l'origine de tous les malentendus. Il est au contraire, à condition d'être intellectualisé, c'est-à-dire réinvesti par la puissance de l'entendement, capable de communiquer le bien et de libérer la multitude du pouvoir symbolique. Il faut pour cela en faire un objet d'étude, le comprendre selon ses propres règles, non plus celles de la vérité, mais celles du sens.
Language is not the vehicle for our mistakes and the source of all misunderstandings. It is on the contrary, provided it is intellectualized, able to communicate the good and release the multitude of symbolic powers.