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.
In some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be
dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of
scholars discuss the concept "word" and its applicability in a range of
typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the
parameters of variation for "word". The nine chapters that follow then
study the character of "word" in individual languages, including
Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West
African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language.
These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical
characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to
refine our understanding of what can constitute a "word". An epilogue
explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of "word". The book
will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of
morphology and phonology.