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.
How do we understand what others are trying to say? The answer cannot be
found in language alone. Words are linked to hand gestures and other
visible phenomena to create unified ‘composite utterances’. In this book N.
J. Enfield presents original case studies of speech-with-gesture based on
fieldwork carried out with speakers of Lao (a language of Southeast Asia).
He examines pointing gestures (including lip and finger-pointing) and
illustrative gestures (examples include depicting fish traps and tracing
kinship relations). His detailed analyses focus on the ‘semiotic
unification’ problem, that is, how to make a single interpretation when
multiple signs occur together. Enfield’s arguments have implications for
all branches of science with a stake in meaning and its place in human
social life. The book will appeal to all researchers interested in the
study of meaning, including linguists, anthropologists, and psychologists.