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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The Graduate Linguistics Student Association (GLSA) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, announces the publication of a new dissertation:
The dissertation argues that markedness is lenient and relative: a form is marked only if there is another form that is unmarked. No constraints ban structure for the sake of banning structure; there are formal limits on the content of CON. The central consequence of this view is that economy constraints are excluded on principle; economy effects must instead follow from the interaction of independently motivated constraints.
While a range of economy effects is discussed, the empirical focus is on syncope. Case studies investigate syncope in Hopi, Tonkawa, Lillooet, Lushootseed, and Lebanese and Mekkan Arabic. Deleting vowels satisfies a range of markedness constraints; moreover, the same constraints that can be satisfied by syncope can also be satisfied by other processes that may not involve removal of structure. The standard "delete-where-you-can" view of syncope is argued to be inadequate; furthermore, economy constraints can actually be harmful if admitted into the grammar.