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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relative word order frequencies in English discourse
Can anybody tell me where to find statistics on relative word order frequencies in English discourse? What I have in mind is the percentage of utterances that are S-V-O, where S and O are full noun phrases; the % where S and/or O are pronouns; the % in which the object is fronted in questions or topicalization; etc.
If the source gives statistics comparing English with other languages, that would be even better.