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.
This book provides comprehensive coverage of language contact in classroom
settings. A thorough analysis of the sources and implications of social
“disadvantage” is presented first, since the nonstandard dialects that
children bring with them to school – and the unfavourable perceptions of
these dialects – have traditionally given rise to educational difficulties.
The persistence of these perceptions is particularly highlighted. More
general issues surrounding the range and implications of language attitudes
are dealt with, as is the important “test case” of Black English. The book
also discusses foreign-language teaching and learning, as well as the
assumptions and intentions underpinning bilingual and multicultural
education. Given its breadth and its style, this book should be of interest
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with any aspect of the social life of language.