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.
Evolution has not typically been recognised by linguists as a constraining
factor when developing linguistic theories. This book demonstrates that our
theories of language must reflect the fact that language has evolved. It
critiques a currently dominant framework in the field of linguistics - the
Minimalist Program - by showing how it fails to take evolution into
account. It approaches the question of the evolution of human language in a
novel way by applying findings from the field of evolutionary biology to
language. Key properties associated with typically evolving systems are
identified in language, and the shortcomings of the Minimalist Program in
its outright rejection of these features are exposed. The book will be of
interest to individual researchers and advanced students in linguistics,
psychology, biology, anthropology and cognitive science.