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.
Language as Dialogue
From rules to principles of probability. Edited by Sebastian Feller
With her theory of ‘Language as Dialogue’, Edda Weigand has opened up a new
and promising perspective in linguistic research and its neighbouring
disciplines. Her model of ‘competence-in-performance’ solved the problem of
how to bridge the gap between competence and performance and thus
substantially shaped the way in which people look at language today.
This book traces Weigand’s linguistic career from its beginning to today
and comprises a selection of articles which take the reader on a vivid and
fascinating journey through the most important stages of her theorizing.
The initial stage when a model of communicative competence was developed is
followed by a gradual transition period which finally resulted in the
theory of the dialogic action game as a mixed game or the Mixed Game Model.
The articles cover a wide range of linguistic topics including, among
others, speech act theory, lexical semantics, utterance grammar, emotions,
the media, rhetoric and institutional communication. Editorial
introductions give further information on the origin and theoretical
background of the articles included.