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.
Human language seems to have arisen roughly within the last 50-100,000
years. In evolutionary terms, this is the mere blink of an eye. If this is
correct, then much of what we consider distinctive to language must in fact
involve operations available in pre-linguistic cognitive domains. In this
book Norbert Hornstein, one of the most influential linguists working on
syntax, discusses a topical set of issues in syntactic theory, including a
number of original proposals at the cutting edge of research in this area.
He provides a theory of the basic grammatical operations and suggests that
there is only one that is distinctive to language. If this theory is
correct then this narrows the evolutionary gap between verbal and
non-verbal primates, thus facilitating the rapid evolutionary emergence of
our linguistic capacity.