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.
The remarkable way in which young children acquire language has long
fascinated linguists and developmental psychologists alike. Language is a
skill that we have essentially mastered by the age of three, and with
incredible ease and speed, despite the complexity of the task. This
accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition,
exploring language development from birth into the early childhood years.
Setting out the key theoretical debates, it considers questions such as
what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire
language; how far acquisition is biologically programmed and how far it is
influenced by our environment; what makes second language learning (in
adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the
specific stages in language development are universal across languages.
Clear and comprehensive, it is set to become a key text for all courses in
child language acquisition, within linguistics, developmental psychology
and cognitive science.