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.
Fifty years ago Joseph Greenberg put forward the now widely accepted
classification of African languages. This book charts the progress of his
subsequent work on language classification in Oceania, the Americas, and
Eurasia,in which he proposed the language families Indo-Pacific, Amerind
and Eurasiatic. It shows how he established and deployed three fundamental
principles: that the most reliable evidence for genetic classification is
the pairing of sound and meaning; that nonlinguistic evidence, such as skin
colour or cultural traits, should be excluded from the analysis; and that
the vocabulary and inflections of a very large number of languages should
be simultaneously compared. The volume includes Joseph Greenberg's
substantive contributions to the debate his work provoked and concludes
with his writings on the links between genetic linguistics and human history.
William Croft's introduction focuses on the substance and the development
of Professor Greenberg's thought and research within the context of the
discussion they stimulated. He also includes a bibliography of scholarly
reactions to and developments of Joseph Greenberg's work and a
comprehensive bibliography of his publications in books and journals.