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 insightful study proposes a unified theory of speech through which
conflicting ideas about language might be understood. It is founded on a
number of key points, such as the continuum of linguistic behavior,
extensive variation in language features, the importance of regional and
social proximity to shared linguistic production, and differential
frequency as a key factor in linguistic production both in regional and
social groups and in text corpora. The study shows how this new linguistics
of speech does not reject rules in favor of language use, or reject
language use in favor of rules; rather, it shows how rules can come from
language as people use it. Written in a clear, engaging style and
containing invaluably accessible introductions to complex theoretical
concepts, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of
sociolinguistics, dialectology and corpus linguistics.