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.
Adults tend to take language for granted - until they have to learn a new
one. Then they realize how difficult it is to get the pronunciation right,
to acquire the meaning of thousands of new words, and to learn how those
words are put together to form sentences. Children, however, have mastered
language before they can tie their shoes. In this engaging and accessible
book, William O'Grady explains how this happens, discussing how children
learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, their acquisition of words
and meanings, and their mastery of the rules for building sentences. How
Children Learn Language provides readers with a highly readable overview
not only of the language acquisition process itself, but also of the
ingenious experiments and techniques that researchers use to investigate
his mysterious phenomenon. It will be of great interest to anyone - parent
or student - wishing to find out how children acquire language.