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.
In this book, Walter Kintsch presents a theory of human text comprehension
and extends his analysis to related areas. Comprehension is conceptualized
as a two-stage process: first, approximate, inaccurate representations are
constructed via context insensitive construction rules, which are then
integrated via a spreading activation constraint satisfaction process. In
Part I, the general theory is presented and an attempt is made to situate
it within the current theoretical landscape in cognitive science. The
second part addresses many of the topics that are typically found in a
cognitive psychology text, including how word meanings are identified in a
discourse context; how words are combined to form coherent representations
of texts, both at the local and global level; what the role is of working
memory in comprehension; how relevant knowledge is activated during
reading; and what is the distinction between remembering a text and
learning from a text.