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.
Editor's Note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.
Gender and Politeness challenges the notion that women are necessarily
always more polite than men as much of the language and gender literature
claims. Sara Mills discusses the complex relations between gender and
politeness and argues that although there are circumstances when women
speakers, drawing on stereotypes of femininity to guide their behaviour,
will appear to be acting in a more polite way than men, there are many
circumstances where women will act just as impolitely as men. The book aims
to show that politeness and impoliteness are in essence judgements about
another’s interventions in an interaction and about that person as whole,
and are not simple classifications of particular types of speech. Drawing
on the notion of community of practice Mills examines the way that speakers
negotiate with what they perceive to be gendered stereotypes circulating
within their particular group.