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.
How and when does the ability to give and understand explanations develop?
Morag Donaldson directly addresses this question in the present study,
providing evidence from a series of imaginative experiments she carried out
with 3- to 10-year-olds. In contrast to many earlier accounts, she
demonstrates that children can distinguish between cause and effect and
among physical, psychological and logical relations well before the age of
7. The study focuses primarily on the linguistic abilities that are needed
for explanation, in particular the understanding of because, so, why?, and
how do you know?, and it makes a substantial contribution to our
understanding of the semantics and pragmatics of causal connectives.
However, the study also provides valuable insights into children's related
cognitive abilities. Children's Explanations is a book that will be of
equal interest to cognitive and developmental psychologists and to
psycholinguistics, a well as to researchers in education for whom its topic
must be of crucial importance.