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.
The Linguistics, Neurology, and Politics of Phonics
This book explores the driving forces behind the current
government-sponsored resurrection of phonics, and the arguments used to
justify it. It examines the roles played by three key factors--corporate
America, politicians, and state-supported reading researchers--in the
formulation of what Strauss terms the neophonics political program.
Offering up-to-date information and an original critique, this book makes
two important contributions. One is the policy analysis linking government
agencies, policymakers, and corporate interests. The second is the
neurological and linguistic treatment of why traditional phonics programs
are not the solution and why the rhetoric developed to support their
resurgence is so far off the mark. This volume is essential for
researchers, students, and teachers of literacy and reading, and for anyone
seeking to understand what is happening in U.S. public schools today.