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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Toba or Namqom is a Guaykuruan language spoken by the Toba Indians in
Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. The majority of these speakers (25,000) are found in the northeastern Argentine provinces of Chaco and Formosa. About 1,000 more are scattered through the adjacent Gran Chaco region of Bolivia and Paraguay. Aside from this central zone, recent immigration has led to the settlement of about 1,000 speakers in the Gran Buenos Aires area and about the same number in several cities in the province of Santa Fe. The Toba are the largest indigenous group in the northeastern region of Argentina, and the ones with the greatest influence among the Indian and the non-Indian regional population. Toba is closely related to four other languages of the Guaykuruan family: Mocovi, Pilaga, Kadiweu (Mbaya), and Abipon (extinct). This work will provide a linguistic overview of the fundamental features of the language. Toba is an OV language, but other patterns of word order are possible. A discussion of important syntactic and semantic properties of the agreement system will be provided. The sketch will also include a detailed description of the phonology and morphology as well as several short texts with interlinear translations and a glossary.