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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Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Volume 1 Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East 48
This is the introductory volume to the first dictionary on the etymological
relations between ancient Egyptian and other Afro-Asiatic languages.
Gábor Takács’ new multi-volume Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian (now to
appear at regular intervals of about 12-18 months) will be a hallmark in
Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic linguistics. The amount of material offered, the
extensive treatment of scholarly discussions on each item, and the insights
into the connections of Egyptian with its related Afro-Asiatic languages,
including many new lexical parallels, will make it an indispensable tool
for comparative and interpretative purposes and the unchallenged starting
point for every linguist in the field.
Volume 1, the opening volume of the dictionary, can rightly be called the
key to the work; it not only provides the users with a comprehensive
analysis of the Afro-Asiatic background of the Egyptian consonant system,
but also offers a critical appraisal of linguistic theories on Egyptian
historical phonology, the problems surrounding the origins of the Egyptian
language, and an extensive bibliography to the dictionary volumes to appear.