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.
With over half the languages of the world currently in danger of extinction
within a century, the need for high quality grammatical descriptions is
more urgent than ever. Potential grammar writers, however, often find
themselves paralyzed by the daunting task of describing a language. The
papers in the present volume (originally published in Studies in
Language 30:2 (2006)) provide suggestions and encouragement – from
experienced grammar writers and users – regarding concrete methods for
approaching the task of writing a descriptive grammar of a language.
Salient "themes" emerging from the papers in this volume include: The
necessity of community involvement in grammatical descriptions; The link
between a grammar and the other products of a program of language
documentation (a dictionary and collection of texts); The complementary
functions of elicited vs. naturally occurring data; and grammatical
description as 'art' as well as 'science'.