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.
Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language
Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language is based on a
large-scale empirical study. The innovative feature of the research was
that the same students were asked to do the same tasks in both languages
while reporting their thinking as they went along. Furthermore , they had
to undertake the same tasks even though they were of very different
experience, ranging from young children at school to university students.
Three areas of learners' competencies and skills were explored: vocabulary
knowledge, word guessing strategies and writing. The authors further
explore the relationship between the skills and describe the level of
development for individual learners within the three areas. In all cases,
statistical and qualitative analyses are offered, the latter being based on
the learners' own 'think-aloud' reports. Both researchers and teachers of
language will find this in-depth approach useful in understanding the
processes of both first and second language performance.