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.
Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 24
This book examines how Japanese learners of English learned about managing
politeness while they were studying at language schools in New Zealand.
Specifically, it investigates how they learned to produce and interpret a
range of disagreement strategies during oppositional talk with native
speakers of English. Employing a combined qualitative and quantitative
approach to data analysis, the book discusses the initial pragmatic
competence of the learners, and describes how their competence developed
over a ten-week period.
The book outlines some points of cultural divergence which may have
influenced the direction and the extent of the learners' pragmatic
development. It also sheds light on the language-acquisition strategies
utilised by the learners during their tenure in the host culture. Most
crucially, the book illuminates patterns of directness and indirectness in
the learners' selected disagreement strategies. These patterns challenge
the generally accepted theory that politeness always increases with social
Contents: Japanese learners of English - Disagreement speech acts -
Theories of politeness - Face-threat - Individualism and collectivism -
Power distance - Second language/Culture acquisition - Shifts in production
of disagreements - Utterance length - Shifts in recognising and
interpreting disagreements - Enryo-based assessments of pragmatic variation
- Power-risk assessments of pragmatic variation - Environmental and
pedagogical factors influencing pragmatic acquisition.