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.
This volume brings together a collection of 18 papers dealing with the problem of word order variation in discourse. Word order variation has often been treated as an essentially unpredictable phenomenon, a matter of selecting randomly one set of possible orders generated by the grammar. However, as the papers in this collection show, word order variation is not random, but rather is governed by principles which can be subjected to scientific investigation and are common to all languages. The papers in this volume discuss word order variation in a diverse collection of languages and from a number of perspectives, including experimental and quantitative, text-based studies. A number of papers address the problem of deciding which order is 'basic' among the alternatives.
Contributions by: Ron Cowan; Susanna Cumming; Michael Darnell; Pamela Downing; Matthew Dryer; Bruce Harold; Susan Herring & John Paolillo; Alan Hyun-Oak Kim; Kyu-Hyun Kim; Randy LaPolla; Robert Longacre; Silvia Luraghi; Marianne Mithun; Francisco Ocampo; Doris Payne; Ronald Schaefer; Russell Tomlin; Maura Velasquez-Casfillo.