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.
Limiting the Iconic
From the metatheoretical foundations to the creative possibilities of iconicity in language
Iconicity has become a popular notion in contemporary linguistic research.
This book is the first to present a synthesis of the vast amount of
scholarship on linguistic iconicity which has been produced in the previous
decades, ranging from iconicity in phonology and morpho-syntax to the role
of iconicity in language change. An extensive analysis is provided of some
basic but nonetheless fundamental questions relating to iconicity in
language, including: what is a linguistic sign and how are linguistic signs
different from signs in general? What is an iconic sign and how may
iconicity be involved in language? How does iconicity pertain to the
relation between language and cognition? This book offers a new and
comprehensive theoretical framework for iconicity in language. It is argued
that the linguistic sign is fundamentally arbitrary, but that iconicity may
be involved on a secondary level, adding extra meaning to an utterance.