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 theory of accommodation is concerned with motivations underlying and
consequences arising from ways in which we adapt our language and
communication patterns toward others. Since accommodation theory’s
emergence in the early l970s, it has attracted empirical attention across
many disciplines and has been elaborated and expanded many times. In
Contexts of Accommodation, accommodation theory is presented as a basis for
sociolinguistic explanation, and it is the applied perspective that
predominates this edited collection. The book seeks to demonstrate how the
core concepts and relationships invoked by accommodation theory are
available for addressing altogether pragmatic concerns. Accommodative
processes can, for example, facilitate or impede language learners’
proficiency in a second language as well as immigrants’ acceptance into
certain host communities; affect audience ratings and thereby the life of a
television program; affect reaction to defendants in court and hence the
nature of the judicial outcome; and be an enabling or detrimental force in
allowing handicapped people to fulfil their communicative potential.
Contexts of Accommodation will appeal to researchers and advanced students
in language and communication sciences, as well as to sociolinguists,
anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists.