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 field of historical linguistics has a long and venerable tradition whose main focus has been a study of phonological and morphological changes. In this century, the study of language change has found a place within generative syntax and has established itself as a fruitful line of inquiry.
The book presents, for the first time, a collection of work done in historical linguistics from the perspective of Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG), a lexical unification-based theory. The problems tackled are representative of the field of historical linguistics. However, this volume stands apart through the number and types of languages surveyed. In addition to presenting new approaches to data from much studied languages like the Romance languages and Germanic, the book introduces issues in the diachronic development of less well studied languages, including Finnish, South Asian languages, and Australian languages. The volume thus offers fresh perspectives on a number of phenomena such as the development or shift of case marking systems, the development of possessive systems, the rise of auxiliaries and the origins of complex predication involving verb particles or light verbs.