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.
On Reconstructing Grammar: Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax
This book has two important aims. The first is to argue that grammaticalization theory has advanced to the point where it can be used with the comparative method to reconstruct the grammar of Proto-Languages. The second is to give a detailed case-study of this methodology by examining the typologically interesting Cariban language family of South America--a language group that has, according to most linguists, an impossible (that is, far too technical) syntactic structure. Spike Gildea's findings answer long-standing questions about the historical reconstruction of grammar and will interest linguists concerned with South American languages and with grammaticalization, as well as those working in the descriptive or functional traditions.