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 lexicon is now a major focus of research in computational linguistics
and natural language processing (NLP), as more linguistic theories
concentrate on the lexicon and as the acquisition of an adequate vocabulary
has become the chief bottleneck in developing practical NLP systems. This
collection describes techniques of lexical representation within a
unification-based framework and their linguistic application, concentrating
on the highly topical issue of structuring the lexicon using inheritance
and defaults. Topics covered include typed feature structures, default
unification, lexical rules, multiple inheritance and non-monotonic
reasoning. The contributions describe both theoretical results and
implemented languages and systems, including DATR, the Stuttgart TFS and
ISSCO's ELU. This book arose out of a workshop on default inheritance in
the lexicon organized as a part of the Esprit ACQUILEX project on
computational lexicography. Besides the contributed papers mentioned above,
it contains a detailed description of the ACQUILEX lexical knowledge base
(LKB) system and its use in the representation of lexicons extracted
semi-automatically from machine-readable dictionaries.
'A very valuable description of the current work in this field ... should
be available in all centres of artificial intelligence.'
--Artificial Intelligence Review