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 explanation of coordinate structures is one of the greatest challenges
for any theory of language. A prerequisite to any successful explanation is
a careful and accurate description of coordinate structures in many
different languages. This work provides such an account for the Yaqui
language, a member of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the north of
Mexico, and is the result of several years of investigation. It explores
and describes the patterns of sentence coordination, verbal coordination,
and nominal coordination. The sentence coordination data raise fundamental
problems for theories which suggest that coordinators are heads of their
own projection. The problem arises from the several positions that a
coordinator can occupy in the coordinated structure.
The author proposes that a viable explanation is to take the coordinating
particles as having the function of licensing adjunction processes. In
other words, to coordinate is to adjoin. The proposal is extended to verbal
and nominal coordination. The nominal coordinated structures show number
agreement conflicts with the verb that again are theoretically challenging,
and a solution is proposed within the framework of Optimality Theory.