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 develops a formal computational theory of writing systems. It
offers specific proposals about the linguistic objects that are represented
by orthographic elements; what levels of linguistic representation are
involved and how they may differ across writing systems; and what formal
constraints hold of the mapping relation between linguistic and
orthographic elements. Based on the insights gained, Sproat then proposes a
taxonomy of writing systems. The treatment of theoretical linguistic issues
and their computational implementation is complemented with discussion of
empirical psycholinguistic work on reading and its relevance for the
computational model developed here. Throughout, the model is illustrated
with a number of detailed case studies of writing systems around the world.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers in a variety of
fields, including theoretical and computational linguistics, the
psycholinguistics of reading and writing, and speech technology.