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.
Variability is characteristic of any living language. This volume
approaches the 'life cycle' of linguistic variability in English using data
sources that range from electronic corpora to the internet. In the spirit
of the 1968 Weinreich, Labov and Herzog classic, the fifteen contributions
divide into three sections, each highlighting different stages in the
dynamics of English across time and space. They show, first, how increase
in variability can be initiated by processes that give rise to new patterns
of discourse, which can ultimately crystallize into new grammatical
elements. The next phase is the spread of linguistic features and patterns
of discourse, both new and well established, through the social and
regional varieties of English. The final phase in this ebb and flow of
linguistic variability consists of processes promoting some variable
features over others across registers and regional and social varieties,
thus resulting in reduced variation and increased linguistic homogeneity.