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.
In this book, which was originally published in 1974, lexical
reconstruction is used to provide links between cultural and social
anthropology and linguistics. The Athapaskan language family has members in
Alaska, western Canada, the west coast and southwest of the United States,
and Oklahoma. The authors use the kinship terminology of existing
Athapaskan languages and dialects to provide a lexical reconstruction of
the kinship terminology of the mother-language, Proto-Athapaskan, which
existed perhaps 1,500 or more years ago. A central contribution of the work
is the explicit delineation of the method used in lexical reconstruction to
arrive at the likeliest inferences about the meanings of proto-lexemes.
Other methodological contributions include a method for inferring features
of social organization from kinship terminology and for reconstructing
other features of social organization from the distribution of these
features among existing groups.