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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It is not difficult to find studies that have talked about how postpositions have changed into case markers and how prepositions are grammaticalized into prefixing case markers. Does anybody know of languages in which postpositions have changed their order and developed into prepositions in the course of language change? Any help or hint at the existence or non-existance of such a change will be appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, Fatemeh