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 volume contains a selection of the oral presentations at the Seventh Conference on Laboratory Phonology, which was held in Nijmegen in 2000, organised jointly by the University of Nijmegen and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Following ist predecessors, it aims to strengthen the empirical basis of current conceptions of the phonological capacity of man and to present data that will develop or modify those conceptions. In addition to the structure of phonological systems, the nature of their phonetic implementation, and the interdependence between these aspects of the speech chain, the volume focuses on the way we process incoming speech signals and the way we construct the surface representations made available for phonetic implementation. There are two sections. Part 1 deals with phonological processing and encoding. Phonological encoding refers to the retrieval of phonological forms from the lexicon and the way in which surface representations are constructed.
Phonological processing approaches the issue of lexical representation by investigating the way listeners process spoken language. Part 2 deals with the relation between perceptual and articulatory aspects and the structure of phonological systems. It emphasizes the vitality of that relation by considering the role of new data, particularly field work data, for the development of phonological theory, and contains a number of striking examples of how such data can lead to new analyses of the featural structure of segments. Additionally in this section, empirically supported aspects of phonological theory are put to the test in a speech recognition algorithm.