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.
All over the world there are children who learn one (or more) language at
home and then have to learn another language when they attend school. In
some cases this is because children come from immigrant backgrounds; in
other cases children come from indigenous communities in countries which
have been colonised. This book illustrates the linguistic diversity that
can be found in such communities. It examines a wide range of factors which
relate to the divergence between home and school language for children
growing up in indigenous multilingual communities.
Children's Language and Multilingualism explains concisely and
clearly why educators, health specialists, government bodies and
politicians need to understand the importance of these differences for
children’s social and linguistic development, particularly in relation to
education and social policy. Never far from the surface are the
well-documented benefits of bi- and multilingualism in education nationally
and internationally. This accessible survey of the linguistic issues facing
children growing up in indigenous communities will be of interest to
advanced students and researchers of multilingualism and language acquisition.