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.
This book unites speech act theory and conversation analysis to advance a
theory of conversational competence. It is predicated on the assumption
that speech act theory, if it is to be of genuine empirical and theoretical
significance, must be embedded within a general theory of conversational
competence capable of accounting for how we do things with words in
naturally occurring conversation, and it can usefully be seen as a
synthesis of traditional speech act theory, conversation analysis, and
artificial intelligence research in natural language processing. Michael L.
Geis analyses a variety of naturally occurring conversations, presenting
them within a framework of computational interest and within discourse
representation theory. In particular, he offers an explicit mapping of
semantic and pragmatic (i.e. speech-act-theoretic) meaning features and
politeness features into so-called conventionalized indirect speech act forms.