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.
When explaining cognition one must explain how representations in the mind,
or symbols, become meaningful by connecting to the external world. This
process of connecting symbols with sensorimotor experiences is known as
symbol grounding. The classical view of symbol grounding is that it is an
individual process: a person or machine interacts with the environment and
associates symbols with external experiences.
This volume contains views from different disciplines – ranging from
psychology to robotics – on how this view can be extended by first
extending symbol grounding to encompass semiotics and by showing how the
classical view exaggerates the importance of written language: grounding
does not necessarily involve written notations, but rather language is an
external cognitive resource that allows us to acquire categories and
concepts. Secondly, as symbol grounding relies on language to acquire and
coordinate the process and language is a dynamical process rooted in both
culture and biology, symbol grounding by extension is also sensitive to
culture, emotion and embodiment.
The contributions to this volume were previously published in
Interaction Studies 8:1 (2007).