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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Positional Faithfulness: An Optimality Theoretic Treatment of Phonological Asymmetries
In many of the world's languages, segments which appear in perceptually of psycholinguistically prominent positions such as initial syllables, stressed syllables, and syllable onsets exhibit privileged phonological behavior. This privileged behavior is manifested three ways: triggering of phological processes, blocking of phonological processes, and licensing of phonological contrasts not found in other positions. This book examines these diverse segmental asymmetries, using Optimality Theory, a constraint-based approach to generative grammar, as an analytic tool. The central claim of the study is that the phonological asymmetries associated with prominence derive from high-ranking