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.
Despite its potential influence on the standard language, there is still
relatively little written about the language of the young. This book gives
new insight into some important areas of their language, such as identity
construction reflected, for instance, in prosodic patterns and language
choice, the use of discourse markers and slang in a contrastive
perspective, the pragmatics of fixed expressions and the impact of English
on the teenage vernacular. Most of the articles are corpus-based, and all
represent naturally occurring spontaneous conversation. The book will be of
interest to linguists, university students and anyone interested in today's
adolescent language and language change.