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 ground breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't
have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's book provides a
comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese
words. It shows that Chinese, far from being 'morphologically
impoverished', has a different morphological system because it selects
different 'settings' on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of
Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word
universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and
their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are
word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based
on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the
mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what
native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a
hard-wired, specifically linguistic 'program' in the brain.