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'm currently working on the development of subject agreement
morphology out of pronouns/clitics (and possible syntactic
consequences of this diachronic process such as verb movement,
pro-drop etc.). Does anybody know a language that is currently
undergoing this change -- apart from Mongolian (Comrie 1980),
colloquial French, and colloquial Hebrew (as discussed by Mira Ariel)
-- or has undergone it in its recent(recorded)history? I will of
course post a summary.
Institut fuer deutsche Sprache und Literatur II
University of Frankfurt