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.
Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims
This is a self-contained introduction to the Minimalist Program for linguistic
theory, the boldest and most radical version of Noam Chomsky's naturalistic
approach to language. Cedric Boeckx examines its foundations, explains its
underlying philosophy, exemplifies its methods, and considers the
significance of its empirical results.
He explores the roots and antecedents of the Program and shows how its
methodologies parallel those of sciences such as physics and biology. He
disentangles and clarifies current debates and issues around the nature of
minimalist research in linguistics and shows how the aims and ambitions of
the Minimalist Program lie at the centre of the enterprise to understand how
the human language faculty operates in the mind and is manifested in the
world's languages. The book contains a glossary of key concepts, each one
illustrated with relevant examples drawn from a variety of languages.