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.
Words and Minds: How We Use Language to Think Together
Words and Minds takes a lively and accessible look at the evolution of language and how we use language in joint activities. Examining everyday language and drawing on a wide range of research, Neil Mercer provides a unified account of the relationship between thought and language. Mercer analyses real-life examples of language being used effectively or otherwise in many differ ent settings, including workplaces and schools, the home, the Internet, and the courtroom, and offers practical insights into how we might improve our communication skills. Words and Minds will appeal to anyone interested in language and how we use it. 'For anyone interested in the functions of human language, Words and Minds should be essential reading' - Guy Cook, Reading University. 'Using wide ranging and fascinating language data, Words and Minds with its multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach captures the reader's interest and holds it from beginning to end' Jean Stilwell Peccei, Roehampton Institute London 'There can be few more fundamental questions that how human beings use language to think and act together. Neil Mercer has produced a terrific resource for all of us in tackling this question in a clear and comprehensive way' - Angela Goddard, Manchester Metropolitan University