Fieldwork in Limpopo

I’m currently in Johannesburg, preparing for a field trip to Thohoyandou, in Limpopo province, to study Tshivenda.

I got in yesterday, after some minor airline adventures: my flight out of Boston had an engine warning come on before takeoff. Three hours later this was determined to be a malfunctioning warning light, but by that point I was going to miss my connection in London. I spent an extra day there as a result (all on British Airways’ dime).

I spent yesterday getting cell service and acclimated. (Parallel structure in coordination is overrated.) I was trying very hard to be on this time zone, but in the end I went to bed at 6 and slept a good 15 hours. Today is about squaring away remains details for my travel to Thohoyandou.

I’ll be working primarily on Venda tone this summer. The literature is a bit sparse, but I’ve already found some tantalizing hints of syntactic structure sensitivity scattered around; I’m looking forward to finding the full story. I’ll be posting more about that as I go.