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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A Construction-Based Approach to Linguistic Creativity
How do speakers vary established patterns of language use and adapt them
to novel contexts of application? This study presents a usage-based
approach to linguistic creativity: combining detailed qualitative with large-
scale quantitative analyses of corpus data, it traces the emergence of partial
productivity in clusters of conventional collocations.
Focusing on English and German intensification constructions, it proceeds in
three steps: having first inventoried the lexical means (of a given semantic
type) that are recruited for signalling intensity in both languages,
collostructional analysis is then used to identify entrenched intensity
collocations involving these formatives in three different syntactic
constructions. Third, multi-rater manual classification methods as well as
distribution-based automatic classification methods are employed to uncover
semantic generalisations over the attested types on different levels of
Collocational expansion is shown to proceed through local analogies within
sets of semantically similar stored instances of a construction. Synthesising
insights from research on language acquisition, variation and change, it is
thus argued that creative extensions of linguistic conventions are intrinsically
bound up with aspects of memory and repetition.