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.
Many children and adults experience significant breakdown in the use of
language. The resulting pragmatic disorders present a considerable barrier
to effective communication. This book is the first critical examination of
the current state of our knowledge of pragmatic disorders and provides a
comprehensive overview of the main concepts and theories in pragmatics. It
examines the full range of pragmatic disorders that occur in children and
adults and discusses how they are assessed and treated by clinicians.
Louise Cummings attempts to integrate the fields of pragmatics, language
pathology and cognitive science by examining the ways in which pragmatics
can make a useful contribution to debates about cognitive theories of
autism. The reader is encouraged to think in a critical fashion about how
clinicians, experimentalists and theorists deal with pragmatic issues.