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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Anne Fernald, in 'Human maternal vocalizations to infants as biologically relevant signals: An evolutionary perspective. In Language Acquisition: : Core Readings, Paul Bloom (ed.). 1996 Cambridge MA: MIT Press. Reprinted from Barkow et al, 1992, The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. suggests some universals in terms of prosodic patterns in speech directed to infants. I was wondering if anyone knows of any further work done in this area, and in particular, if there has been any investigation of this in some of the cultures (like Samoan, Quiche Mayan or working class African-Americans) where it has been claimed that little or no speech is directed at infants.
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