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.
Dr. Lass examines certain crucial issues in phonological and general
linguistic theory through detailed studies of English phonetics,
dialectology and language-history. He argues that contemporary ‘standard’
phonological theory is inhibited and misled by the related disadvantages of
an artificially constrained formalism and a restricted database. He
confronts theories of English phonology with a much wider range of
material than is usual, drawing for example on Scots, Northern and
North-Midland English, East Coast American dialects, and many others. Dr.
Lass offers solutions to many outstanding problems in the history of
English. All the detailed discussions are informed by an overriding concern
for the methodological and philosophical issues suggested by such problems.
What kind of discipline is linguistics? What kinds of knowledge do its
procedures yield and how are they validated?