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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What is the nature of syntactic structure? Why do some languages have
radically free word order ('nonconfigurationality')? Do parameters vary
independently (the micro-view) or can they co-vary en masse (the macro-view)?
Mirrors and Microparameters, first published in 2009, examines these questions
by looking beyond the definitional criterion of nonconfigurationality - that
arguments may be freely ordered, omitted, and split. Drawing on data from
Kiowa, a member of the largely undescribed Kiowa-Tanoan language family, the
book reveals that classically nonconfigurational languages can nonetheless
exhibit robustly configurational effects. Reconciling the cooccurrence of such
freedom with such rigidity has major implications for the Principles and
Parameters program. This approach to nonconfigurational languages challenges
widespread assumptions of linguistic theory and throws light on the syntactic
structures, ordering principles, and nature of parametrization that comprise