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.
Politeness in Mexico and the United States
A contrastive study of the realization and perception of refusals
This book explores the issue of politeness phenomena and socially
appropriate behavior in two societies, Mexico and the United States, in
three different contexts: refusing invitations, requests, and suggestions.
In addition to a state-of-the-art review of the speech act of refusals in
numerous languages, the book provides a rigorous analysis of data
collection methods utilized to examine speech act behavior at the
production and perception levels. Many examples of native speaker
interactions illustrate the similarities and differences observed in the
realization patterns and the perception of refusals by Mexicans and
Americans in formal and informal situations. The data are analyzed in terms
of refusal sequences and pragmatic strategies which are strategically used
to carry out relational work during the negotiation of face. The results of
the quantitative and qualitative analyses are interpreted in light of the
notions of face, politeness, and relational work in Mexico and the United
States. This publication will be of interest to researchers and students in
pragmatics and discourse analysis, cross-cultural communication, and sociology.