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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This work studies invariants of generative grammars, independently of the specific format in which a grammar is specified, drawing on general algebraic notions of structure and symmetry. Structural notions in generative grammar such as dominance and c-command are provably invariant in all grammars, and specific morphemes, such as case markers and voice markers, are invariant in exactly the same sense in languages which have them, so structural properties of languages are not restricted to those that are coded into tree structures or hierarchical feature structures of any kind. This work also illustrates how relations such as the anaphor-antecedent relation can be invariant in all grammars even if realized differently in different languages. Grammars with anaphora constrained by nominal case marking and others with anaphora constrained by voice marking are elaborated. Thus the existence of universal invariants does not assume that grammars of different languages are isomorphic. This work further supports a strong form of compositionality and hypothesizes that syntactically invariant morphemes denote semantically invariant objects, revealing that the relation between form and meaning is not entirely arbitrary.