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 investigates paradigms of person - both independent pronouns as
well as bound person marking. Based on empirical and theoretical grounds,
the author argues that the notion 'number' has to be redefined to deal with
the cross-linguistic variation of person marking. Equipped with a new
definition, a typology of the paradigmatic structure of person marking is
presented, incorporating data from around 400 languages. Nothing appears to
be impossible for the paradigmatic structure, although some patterns are
clearly more probable than others are. Starting from the more commonly
occurring patterns, the diachronic dynamics of paradigmatic structure are
investigated by comparing close relatives that differ slightly in the
structure of their person paradigms.