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.
Because of the need to devise systems for electronic communication on the
internet, multi-agent computing is moving to a model of communication as a
structured conversation between rational agents. For example, in
multi-agent systems, an electronic agent searches around the internet, and
collects certain kinds of information by asking questions to other agents.
Such agents also reason with each other when they engage in negotiation and
persuasion. It is shown in this book that critical argumentation is best
represented in this framework by the model of reasoned argument called a
dialog, in which two or more parties engage in a polite and orderly
exchange with each other according to rules governed by conversation
policies. In such dialog argumentation, the two parties reason together by
taking turns asking questions, offering replies, and offering reasons to
support a claim. They try to settle their disagreements by an orderly
conversational exchange that is partly adversarial and partly collaborative.