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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Artistic and Rhetorical Patterns in Quechua Legendary Texts
This book shows the role of specific linguistic structures in the creation of
formulaic, artistic patterns in Quechua legendary narratives and explores how
the patterns function in relation to concepts such as main event line and
other rhetorical structures. The analysis of the texts into artistic patterns is
mainly based on Dell Hymes's criteria; thus "pattern numbers," initial
connectives and evidential markers play an important role in the pattern
formations. The Quechua texts also show that the switch-reference markers
and/or the rotation of subject in general is crucial to the structuring of the
texts. The analysis moreover shows how the different patterns discovered are
closely tied to rhetorical/cognitive structures, as they are perceived and lined
out by various linguists, especially those of Robert Longacre and Wallace L.
Chafe. The analysis of the texts prompts various questions in regards to the
functions of the linguistic structures mentioned. Some of these get specific
attention in the final chapter which also includes a discussion that seeks to
find an explanation of the textual patterns through looking at universal artistic
patterns as outlined by other scholars, as well as looking to some Quechua
cultural patterns. About the author: Ågot Bergli received the Dr. art. (Ph.D.) in
linguistics in 2002 from Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
(NTNU), Trondheim.She has worked with SIL International since 1979,
primarily as an editor of works on Quechua and discourse studies.