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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I am interested in modifiers of prepositions in English such as the the brackets words in the following (invented) sentences:
1. That dude was [all] up in my face. 2. The cat ran [straight] up the tree. 3. The car went [clear] through the house.
I am just getting started in my investigation of these modifiers, though I have quite a bit if data. I am looking for some references that might discuss this kind of structure, its social use, or any other relevant properties.