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.
As classic examples of formal syntactic analysis,it-extraposition and
non-extraposition have received considerable attention in the
transformational literature. This book offers a different perspective.
While including a detailed formal analysis which provides extensive
quantitative data, its main concern is that of a functional description of
the extraposition paradigm. Based on a large-scale corpus of
naturally-occurring instances of it-extraposition and non-extraposition,
Kaltenböck’s study provides an in-depth analysis of their respective
communicative functions in spoken and written texts. In doing so it takes a
close look at the question of choice within this syntactic paradigm: Why
does a speaker or writer choose one constructional variant rather than the
other? What are the factors that influence this choice? Taking into account
the use and distribution of (non-)extraposition in a wide range of
different text types, the study identifies a number of specific
communicative properties for each variant, amply illustrated with examples
from the corpus.