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.
This study focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creole genesis -
relexification, reanalysis and direct levelling - processes which the
author demonstrates play a significant role in language genesis and change
in general. Dr Lefebvre argues that the creators of pidgins/creoles use the
parametric values of their native languages in establishing those of the
language that they are creating and the semantic principles of their own
grammar in concatenating morphemes and words in the new language. This
theory is documented on the basis of a uniquely detailed comparison of
Haitian creole with its contributing French and West African languages.
Summarizing more than twenty years of funded research, the author examines
the input of adult, as opposed to child, speakers and resolves the problems
in the three main approaches, universalist, superstratist and substratist,
which have been central to the recent debate on creole development.
"...[this book] is a model of careful argumentation, including clear
description of the methods and assumptions involved in the underlying
research...the book is admittedly written for those with special interest
in pidgin and creole languages..." Linguistics