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.
In this study, Richard Alexander presents a series of original and
empirically based case studies of the language and discourse involved in
the discussion of environmental and ecological issues. Relying upon a
variety of different text types and genres – including company websites,
advertisements, press articles, speeches and lectures – Alexander
interrogates how in the media, press, corporate and activist circles
language is employed to argue for and propagate selected positions on the
growing ecological crisis. For example, he asks: How are ecological and
environmental concerns articulated in texts? What do we learn about
ecological ‘problems’ through texts from differing sources? What language
features accompany ecological discourse in differing contexts and
registers? Attention is especially directed at where this discourse comes
into contact with business, economic and political concerns.