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 explores a virtually untapped, yet fascinating research area:
television dialogue. It reports on a study comparing the language of the
American situation comedy Friends to natural conversation.
Transcripts of the television show and the American English conversation
portion of the Longman Grammar Corpus provide the data for this
corpus-based investigation, which combines Douglas Biber’s multidimensional
methodology with a frequency-based analysis of close to 100 linguistic
features. As a natural offshoot of the research design, this study offers a
comprehensive description of the most common linguistic features
characterizing natural conversation. Illustrated with numerous dialogue
extracts from Friends and conversation, topics such as vague,
emotional, and informal language are discussed. This book will be an
important resource not only for researchers and students specializing in
discourse analysis, register variation, and corpus linguistics, but also
anyone interested in conversational language and television dialogue.