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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In her summary of the geographical distribution, semantic range and origin of ''to tide someone over'', Erica Hofmann Kencke mentioned that some speakers have modified this to . Her interpretation, with which I totally agree, is that it is 'probably a construction by which a speaker ''corrects'' an incomprehensible idiom to a form that seems to make more sense'. I've personally heard a number of similar ''corrections'' over the years, e.g., , , , (I kid you not), etc. Is there a name for this sort of thing (I don't think it would qualify as hypercorrection, do you?), and has any sort of list ever been compiled?