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.
Mirror neurons may hold the brain’s key to social interaction - each coding
not only a particular action or emotion but also the recognition of that
action or emotion in others. The Mirror System Hypothesis adds an
evolutionary arrow to the story - from the mirror system for hand actions,
shared with monkeys and chimpanzees, to the uniquely human mirror system
for language. In this volume, written to be accessible to a wide audience,
experts from child development, computer science, linguistics,
neuroscience, primatology and robotics present and analyze the mirror
system and show how studies of action and language can illuminate each
other. Topics discussed in the fifteen chapters include: What do
chimpanzees and humans have in common? Does the human capability for
language rest on brain mechanisms shared with other animals? How do human
infants acquire language? What can be learned from imaging the human brain?
How are sign- and spoken-language related? Will robots learn to act and
speak like humans?