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.
Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written
by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media writing today,
this engaging book suggests that view is unfair, and that journalists are
in fact skilled 'word weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned
patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces the
development of journalism from its origins to the present day. Aitchison
shows how contemporary news writers have inherited an age-old oral
tradition, which over the centuries was incorporated into public notices,
ballads and storybooks - eventually providing the basis of the journalism
we see today. She argues that, while journalists have very different aims
to literary writers, their work can in no way be regarded as inferior.
Entertainingly written, The World Weavers provides a fascinating insight
into journalistic writing, and will be enjoyed by anybody wanting to know
more about media language.