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 looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and
language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the
last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in
linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in
accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of
distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for
language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins.
The volume brings together specially commissioned work by leading scholars,
including prominent representatives of generative and functional
linguistics. It examines rival explanations for linguistic universals and
assesses the effectiveness of competing models of language change. The
authors investigate patterns and processes of grammatical and lexical
change across a wide range of languages; they consider the degree to which
common characteristics condition processes of change in related languages;
and examine how far differences in linguistic outcomes may be explained by
cultural or external factors.
This book will interest the wide range of scholars in linguistics and
related fields concerned with language change, historical linguistics,
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