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.
This book argues that Carnatic music as it is practiced today can be traced
to the musical practices of early/mid eighteenth century. Earlier varieties
or 'incarnations' of Indian music elaborately described in many musical
treatises are only of historical relevance today as the music described is
quite different from current practices. It is argued that earlier varieties
may not have survived because they failed to meet the three crucial
requirements for a language-like organism to survive i.e., a robust
community of practitioners/listeners which the author calls the Carnatic
Music Fraternity, a sizeable body of musical texts and a felt communicative
need. In fact, the central thesis of the book is that Carnatic music, like
language, survived and evolved from early/mid eighteenth century when these
three requirements were met for the first time in the history of Indian
music. The volume includes a foreword by Paul Kiparsky.