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.
Dialogue With Bakhtin on Second and Foreign Language Learning
This volume is the first to explore links between the Russian linguist
Mikhail Bakhtin's theoretical insights about language and practical
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to move away from formalist views of language as universal, autonomous
linguistic systems, and toward an understanding of language as dynamic
collections of cultural resources. According to Bakhtin, the study of
language is concerned with the dialogue existing between linguistic
elements and the uses to which they are put in response to the conditions
of the moment. Such a view of language has significant implications for
current understandings of second- and foreign-language learning.
This is a groundbreaking volume for scholars and students in applied
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