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 is a very detailed and comprehensive examination of conditional sentences in English. Unlike previous literature on the subject, it does not confine itself to one or two aspects of conditionals, but attempts to give an all-round linguistic view of the topic. The more traditional areas of tense and mood possibilities in conditionals and the types of possible world to which a conditional may refer are closely examined, with new evidence showing that the usual bi- or tripartite schema in this area needs both clarification and elaboration. The authors provide a fine-grained classification of conditionals and a rich analysis of their function(s) in discourse, which will be of interest both in its own right and as part of the complete picture of conditionals given here. Separate chapters on the question of 'necessary and/or sufficient conditions' and the syntax of conditionals retain an emphasis on the relation of semantics and syntax to discourse, providing original analyses of these topics. A range of corpora is exploited to provide a wealth of empirical data which both illustrate and shape theoretical discussion. The authors do not espouse any particular linguistic framework, but provide analyses which blend pragmatics, descriptive syntax and semantics. An extensive glossary gives details both of the specific meanings attributed here to traditional linguistic terms and new terms which are introduced by the authors in their analysis of the many features of conditional sentences which are here described for the first time.
FROM THE CONTENTS
2 Conditional connecting devices
3 Some preliminary terminology
4 The possible-world typology of conditionals
5 The use of tenses in possible-world conditionals
6 Modalized case-specifying conditionals
7 The three canonical tense patterns
8 The relation between the theoretical world and the actual world