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.
The case for genetic relations among lanauges of the Northern Kimberley region of Western Australia
In this book we attempt to establish the genetic relatedness of a set of
some twenty named regional speech varieties of the Northern Kimberley
region of Western Australia. We argue that, contrary to recent claims by
some scholars, they constitute a genetic family-like unit. The case is
argued by application of the comparative method, along with a
lexical-statistical method, a modified version of lexicostatistics, that
compares lexical similarities (in both form and semantics) within the basic
vocabularies of the languages with no presumption of genetic relatedness.
The results of these two independent methods are in substantial agreement,
thus providing independent support for our proposals. The main thrust of
the volume is an application of the comparative method, whereby we
establish the genetic relatedness of the languages by reconstructing
features—mainly phonological and grammatical, to a lesser extent lexical—of
a protolanguage from which features of the modern languages could plausibly
have derived. We also present comparative evidence that three primary
subgroups can be distinguished in the family.