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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Re: Variation of theta to [f] in varieties of English
I am looking for both linguistic and social information concerning theta to [f] variation in varieties of English (e.g. "birthday" to "bir[f]day" ). I know that in Northern varieties of US English, it can be highly stigmatized; however, in the Southern US, it for the mos part passes unnoticed. I was wondering what the social constraints or associations might be in other varieties of English. Email me directly, and I will post a summary. Thanks, Kirk [krk]
Thanks for your help, Kirk
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Kirk Hazen, Ph.D. West Virginia Dialect Projec Department of English, Box 6296 West Virginia University Morgantown WV 26506-6296