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.
Karl Brugmann (1849–1919) was one of the central figures in the circle of
Neogrammarians who rejected a prescriptive approach to the study of
language in favour of diachronic study. This short overview of the
development of comparative Indo-European linguistics and philology in the
second part of the nineteenth century was first published in 1885, the year
before Brugmann’s celebrated multi-volume comparative grammar of
Indo-European began to appear. To Brugmann, language is not an autonomous
organism that develops according to inherent laws. It exists only in the
individual speaker, and every change in a language takes place because of
the speaker, though speakers share similar psychological and physical
processes. Traditional philologists, including Brugmann’s former university
teacher Georg Curtius (1820–1885), were extremely hostile to the
Neogrammarians’ approach. Here, Brugmann responds to Curtius’ criticism and
defends his research methodology and theories.