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 author questions the status quo in Romance linguistics regarding such
matters as auxiliary selection, partitive cliticization, bare subjects,
participle agreement, and more. For the past two decades the
Ergative/Unaccusative syntactic approach has been accepted as the orthodox
analytical paradigm. He here re-examines both the theoretical imperative
and the empirical evidence for that approach, drawing on a large amount of
new and surprising data from Italian, Spanish, French and Catalan, and
concludes that it is essentially unmotivated. Alternative explanations are
advanced, based on information structure, semantics and the impact on
synchrony of diachronic change. The picture that emerges is one of a
complex but interrelated set of causalities.