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 is the first comprehensive treatment of the strategies employed in the
world's languages to express predicative possession, as in "the boy has a
bat". It presents the results of the author's fifteen-year research project
on the subject. Predicative possession is the source of many
grammaticalization paths - as in the English perfect tense formed from to
have - and its typology is an important key to understanding the structural
variety of the world's languages and how they change. Drawing on data from
some 400 languages representing all the world's language families, most of
which lack a close equivalent to the verb to have, Professor Stassen aims
(a) to establish a typology of four basic types of predicative possession,
(b) to discover and describe the processes by which standard constructions
can be modified, and (c) to explore links between the typology of
predicative possession and other typologies in order to reveal patterns of
interdependence. He shows, for example, that the parameter of simultaneous
sequencing - the way a language formally encodes a sequence like "John sang
and Mary danced" - correlates with the way it encodes predicative
possession. By means of this and other links the author sets up a single
universal model in order to account for all morphosyntactic variation in
predicative possession found in the languages of the world, including
patterns of variation over time.
Predicative Possession will interest scholars and advanced students of
language typology, diachronic linguistics, morphology and syntax.