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 offers a new view of the linguistic process of standardization,
the movement of specific language features towards uniformity. Drawing on
theoretical arguments and empirical data, it examines the way in which
linguistic conformity develops out of variation, and the textual and social
factors which influence this process. After defining and clarifying the
general theoretical issues involved, Professor Devitt takes as a specific
case study the standardization of written English in Scotland in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and shows that standardization is a
gradual process, that it encompasses periods of great variation and that it
occurs concurrently with sociopolitical shifts. The interrelationship of
linguistic features, genres and social pressures shapes the nature and
direction of standardization. This is a readable and accessible book which
will appeal to those involved in the study of Scots-English, and is of
importance for linguistic methodology and the study and teaching of literacy.