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.
Increasingly, children grow up hearing two languages from birth. This
introductory textbook shows how children learn to understand and speak
those languages against the backdrop of their language learning
environments. A narrative around the bilingual development of four young
children with different language profiles helps to explain the latest
research findings in a lively and accessible manner. The narrative
describes how bilingually raised children learn to understand and use
sounds, words and sentences in two languages, and how they are able to use
each of their languages in socially appropriate ways. Positive attitudes
towards bilingual development from the people in bilingual children's
environments and their recognition that child bilingualism is not
monolingualism-times-two are the main ingredients ensuring that children
grow up to be happy and expert speakers of two languages.