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.
Deconstructing Creole is a collection of studies aimed at critically
assessing the idea of creole languages as a homogeneous structural type
with shared and peculiar patterns of genesis. Following up on the critical
discussion of notions of 'creole exceptionalism' as historical and
ideological constructs, this volume tests the basic assumptions that
underlie current attempts to present 'creole structure' as a special type,
from typological as well as sociohistorical perspectives. The sum of the
findings presented here suggests that careful empirical investigation of
input varieties and contact environments can explain the structural output
recourse to an exceptional genesis scenario. Echoing calls to dissolve the
notion of 'creolization' as a special diachronic process, this volume
proposes that theoretically grounded approaches to the notions of
simplicity, complexity, transmission, etc do not warrant considering
so-called 'creole' languages as a special synchronic type.