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.
In this book, Nomi Erteschik-Shir develops a new theory of focus structure,
integrating insights from syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. She
explores the role of focus structure in grammar, examining the interface
between focus structure and syntax, the semantics of focus structure and
associated with it. Dr Shir defines a grammatical level of f-structure
(focus structure) which is an annotated s-structure in which topic and
focus constituents are marked. F-structure feeds both PF (Phonological
Form) and semantics and is sensitive to lexical information. Dr Shir argues
that f-structure and not LF (Logical Form) is the input to a semantic rule
of predication. One of the major results of Dr Shir's analysis is that
wh-movement turns out to be subject to the same constraint which accounts
for anaphora and other subject-object asymmetries.