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.
This book provides an in-depth analysis of what happens when intermediate
level learners of a foreign language use a bilingual dictionary when
writing. Dictionaries are frequently promoted to people learning a foreign
language. Nevertheless, teachers often talk about their students' inability
to use dictionaries properly, especially when they write, and this can be
problematic. This book paints a comprehensive picture of the differences a
dictionary makes and brings out the implications for language learning,
teaching, and testing practices. It draws on research in which participants
in three studies took writing tests in two test conditions - with and
without a dictionary. They were also asked what they thought about the two
test types. Their performances and opinions were analyzed in a variety of
ways. Conclusions from the data highlight some of the practical issues to
be kept in mind if we want to help foreign language learners to use
bilingual dictionaries effectively when writing.