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.
As a culture area, the Arab world has had different ecological structures —
nomadic (bedouin) and sedentary (rural and urban) — with parallel
linguistic systems. Throughout the long history of the Arabic language, the
development of transitional stages has generated linguistic correlates in
Arabic dialects. The notion "ecolinguistics," combined and reinforced with
the concepts of "compatibility" and "lexical diffusion," is introduced in
this study to identify such a sociolinguistic change. The domain of change
for this ecolinguistic variation is the extended family in which the middle
generation develops new lexical items by the application of ecolinguistic
rules. This research also provides a description of these rules which
speakers generate as they gradually acquire an awareness of the social
parameters for their use.
The theoretical framework and the putative results of this study are
offered to stimulate further research in the causation and implementation
of linguistic change, especially in terms of quantitative analyses of
ecolinguistic variation and lexical diffusion in the Arabic language.