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.
Douglas Biber's new book extends and refines the research and methodology
reported in his ground breaking Variation Across Speech and Writing (CUP
1988). In Dimensions of Register Variation he gives a linguistic analysis
of register in four widely differing languages: English, Nukulaelae
Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. Using the multi-dimensional analytical
framework employed in his earlier work, Biber carries out a principled
comparison of both synchronic and diachronic patterns of variation across
the four languages. Striking similarities as well as differences emerge,
allowing Biber to predict for the first time cross-linguistic universals of
register variation. This major new work will provide the foundation for the
further investigation of cross-linguistic universals governing the pattern
of discourse variation across registers, and will be of wide interest to
any scholar interested in style, register and literacy.