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 currently working on the English discourse marker "so" in the speech of native speakers and German non-native speakers of English. Classifying the occurring instances of "so", I wondered whether the Germans' usage of "so" might be influenced by the German particle "also". Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find specific analyses on the usages and functions of this particle.
Therefore my question: Does anybody know of literature analysing the functions of the German particle "also"?