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.
Language Adaptation examines the process by which a speech community is
forced to adopt an active role in making its language suitable for changing
functional requirements. This wide-ranging collection of essays looks at
this phenomenon from a variety of historical and synchronic perspectives,
and brings together the work of a number of leading scholars in the field.
Several different languages are examined at different stages of their
history, including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Kiswahili, German and
Hindi. This well-informed book is a significant contribution to the
existing literature on language planning, and is the first to use one
theoretical concept to deal with the relationship between natural and
deliberate language change. It shows that language adaptation is a
particular aspect of language change, and thus establishes a link between
the social and the historical study of language. It will appeal to graduate
students and professionals in linguistics and the social sciences, as well
as to practitioners of language planning.