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.
Word associations and second language vocabulary acquisition
What words come into your head when you think of SUN? For native English
speakers, the most common responses are MOON, SHINE and HOT, and about half
of all native speaker responses to SUN are covered by these three words. L2
English speakers are much less obliging, and produce patterns of
association that are markedly different from those produced by native
speakers. Why? What does this tell us about the way L2 speakers'
vocabularies grow and develop? This volume provides a user-friendly
introduction to a research technique which has the potential to answer some
long-standing puzzles about L2 vocabulary. The method is easy to use, even
for inexperienced researchers, but it produces immensely rich data, which
can be analysed on many different levels. The book explores how word
association data can be used to probe the development of vocabulary depth,
productive vocabulary skills and lexical organisation in L2 speakers.