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.
A study of the linguistic philosophy of Wilhelm von Humboldt, Prussian
philologist and politician (1767-1835)
With the loss of many of the world's languages, it is important to question
what will be lost to humanity with their demise. It is frequently argued
that a language engenders a 'worldview', but what do we mean by this term?
Attributed to German politician and philologist Wilhelm von Humboldt
(1767-1835), the term has since been adopted by numerous linguists. Within
specialist circles it has become associated with what is known as the
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which suggests that the nature of a language
influences the thought of its speakers and that different language patterns
yield different patterns of thought.
Underhill's concise and rigorously researched book clarifies the main ideas
and proposals of Humboldt's linguistic philosophy and demonstrates the way
his ideas can be adopted and adapted by thinkers and linguists today. A
detailed glossary of terms is provided in order to clarify key concepts and
to translate the German terms used by Humboldt.
This book is available in North America from Columbia University Press.