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.
What are multimodal texts? How can we transcribe and analyse them? How can
multimedia and internet help us in multimodal discourse analysis? What
postproduction and authoring skills are needed to analyse a multimodal text
or to develop a corpus of multimodal texts? How does integrating multimedia
meaning-making resources into hypertext multiply our meaning-making
potential? How does the study of language relate to multimodality and
multimedia, in particular in the e-learning age? How, and to what extent,
will multimodal discourse analysis re-shape linguistics?
In its attempt to provide answers to the questions raised above, and many
others, this book proposes concrete solutions to the problems of multimodal
text analysis and transcription of printed texts, websites and film. As
such, it constitutes a much needed course in multimodal text transcription
and analysis. It also suggests ways in which multimodal discourse analysis
can help both educators and students understand how meaning is made in the
e-learning environments that now play such an important role in our lives.
In both these respects, readers are encouraged to use the book in
conjunction with an associated and freely accessible website which provides
many illustrations and exercises that further contextualise and exemplify
the insights and descriptions provided by the book. As befits a coursebook,
the individual chapters of the book are carefully organised in such a way
as to provide a step-by-step progression in theoretical and descriptive