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 Prefunctional Stage of First Language Acquisition
This book accounts for the early stages of first language acquisition within the Principles and Parameters framework. The main arguments concern the nature of early grammars in relation to the constraints that Universal Grammar imposes on them and in relation to the lack of parameterisation which, in turn, is based on the absence of the categories responsible for crosslinguistic variation, namely the set of functional categories. The argument regarding the absence of parameterisation gives rise to important predictions insofar as similarities across languages at the early stage of development are concerned. Accordingly, the theory is tested against acquisition data from a number of languages: English, French , Greek, German, Spanish, and Irish.