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
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
In this collection of papers, twelve linguists explore a range of interesting properties of 'give' verbs. The volume offers an in-depth look at many morphological, syntactic, and semantic properties of 'give' verbs, including both literal and figurative senses, across languages. Topics include: an apparent zero-morpheme realization of 'give' in a Papuan language; noun plus causative-like suffix expressing the 'give' concept in Nahuatl; 'give' and other ditransitive constructions in Zulu; the complex verbal morphologies associated with 'give' verbs in Chipewyan, Cora, and Sochiapan Chinantec; the elaborate classificatory system found with 'give' verbs in Chipewyan and Cora; 'give', 'have' and 'take' constructions in Slavic languages; the expression of 'give' in American Sign Language; the origin of the German es gibt construction; the extension of 'give' to an adverbial marker in Thai, Khmer, and Vietnamese; the syntax and semantics of Dutch 'give'; first language acquisition of possession terms.