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.
Second Language Acquisition and Linguistic Variation
In Second Language Acquisition (SLA) there is clearly a need for detailed representations of the developing interlanguage competencies of learners. This volume is a 'festival' of techniques. The authors are familiar with up-to-date characterizations of the linguistic levels they study, with innovative methods of eliciting learner representations, and with the appropriate mathematical techniques required for handling such data (including, but not limited to, the VARBUL program of variationists. A bonus in this volume is a comprehensive VARBUL 'how to' for both DOS and Macintosh users.) These studies bolster the idea that a full account of SLA development (and hence, a 'theory of SLA') must be built on not only detailed accounts of interlanguage data but also on a wide appeal to factors which govern psycholinguistic bases of SLA.