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.
What do all languages have in common, and what gives each language its individuality? These typological questions are fundamental to linguistic theory. This collection comprises original contributions from leading scholars of the major schools of contemporary typological research, from the Prague School to the Generative Grammar tradition. Each contributor presents the theoretical foundations and practical achievements of his or her approach to language typology; the whole provides a unique overview of a field characterized by its diversity.
Contents: 1. Approaches to Language Typology: A Conspectus, Masayoshi Shibatani and Theodora Bynon 2. Typological Comparison: Towards a Historical Perspective, Paolo Ramat 3. Prague School Typology, Petr Sgall 4. Modern Syntactic Typology, William Croft 5. The Diachronic Typological Approach to Language, Joseph H. Greenberg 6. Typological Research on Actancy: The Paris RIVALC Group, Gilbert Lazard 7. The St Petersburg/Leningrad Typology Group, Vladimir P. Nedjalkov and Viktor P. Litvinov 8. Cognitive-Conceptual Structure and Linguistic Encoding: Language Universals and Typology in the UNITYP Framework, Hansjakob Seiler 9. The Principles-and-Parameters Approach: A Comparative Syntax of Engish and Japanese, Naoki Fukui