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.
Enriched Composition and Inference in the Argument Structure of Chinese
As with many other languages, Mandarin Chinese exhibits a rich variety of
ways in expressing the arguments of the predicator in a sentence. Unlike
other languages, such variation is typically devoid of any formal marking.
Previous attempts in explaining such phenomena usually focus on the syntax
as an explanatory tool. The main purpose of this book is to argue that many
of such argument structure phenomena are better accounted for by recourse
to enriched representations in lexical semantics. Drawing insights from
conceptual semantics, cognitive semantics, Generative Lexicon, construction
grammar and formal syntax, this book constitutes the first attempt at a
comprehensive account of lexical semantic issues in Mandarin Chinese.