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.
Commitment is a notion widely invoked in speech-act theory, in
studies on modality and in dialogue modelling, but it has never been the
central topic of a monograph or a collective volume in linguistics. This
volume is the very first to bring together researchers from different
linguistic traditions and request them to focus on the notion. All the
contributions presented here use commitment as a key concept in accounting
for a broad range of linguistic phenomena in various languages, from
illocutionary acts like assertions and questions to modal expressions,
through sentence-types, finite subordinate clauses, concessive markers,
tense markers, and even text-types and genres. Each contributor takes pains
to explicate his/her understanding of the term commitment, thus
making interesting comparisons possible across theoretical boundaries. Some
authors also point out potential drawbacks of the notion and argue for
replacing or supplementing it with a related concept of involvement.