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.
Recent years have seen intense debates between formal (generative) and
functional linguists, particularly with respect to the relation between
grammar and usage. This debate is directly relevant to diachronic
linguistics, where one and the same phenomenon of language change can be
explained from various theoretical perspectives. In this, a close look at
the divergent and/or convergent evolution of a richly documented language
family such as Romance promises to be useful. The basic problem for any
approach to language change is what Eugenio Coseriu has termed the
paradox of change: if synchronically, languages can be viewed as
perfectly running systems, then there is no reason why they should change
in the first place. And yet, as everyone knows, languages are changing
constantly. In nine case studies, a number of renowned scholars of Romance
linguistics address the explanation of grammatical change either within a
broadly generative or a functional framework.