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.
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 202
Aspects of modality and ellipsis have become prominent in theoretical
linguistics over the last years. What has remained under-investigated is
the fact that modals tend to make excellent ellipsis licensers and,
conversely, that many of the naturally occurring cases of ellipsis are
licensed by modals.
The book concentrates on the syntax of the modal auxiliaries with special
focus on English and investigates the grammatical relationship with the
process of ellipsis that interacts most relevantly with the modals in
grammaticalized fashion by including a special emphasis on verb-phrase
ellipsis. After a critical discussion of pertinent approaches in the two
domains, the book focuses on establishing the connection between the two
areas by essentially drawing on the history of English and on observable
effects in modern grammars, which it puts into perspective with
semantically grounded features on the modals involved.
Two major generalizations are proposed in the monograph. The first
generalization concerns the treatment of the interaction between modals and
ellipsis as determined by the features located in the licensing modal
heads. To this end, the syntactic effects of the main semantic factors are
explored in detail in English and partial effects obtaining in other
languages are discussed. The second generalization concerns the syntactic
component involved in ellipsis licensing. It is suggested that ellipsis
types with the distributional features of verb-phrase ellipsis are licensed
by interpretable features of the licensing head. The two generalizations
are intertwined with one another and derive a series of further legitimate
ellipsis licensers beyond the modals. The role of formal features that are
interpretable is distinguished from agreement features, which are claimed
not to be in charge of ellipsis licensing.