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.
Originally published in 1973, this book is an account of how the child
learns the sound system of his native language, or how he learns to speak.
A theory of the acquisition of phonology is derived from a detailed and
rigorous analysis of the developing speech of a young child observed over a
period of two years. The details of this analysis are elaborated in depth
in chapters two and three and the major results of the study are given in
chapter four. The final chapter is devoted to the implications of language
acquisition for linguistic theory in general and generative phonology in
particular. In addition to the obvious relevance of this work to general
linguists and psychologists working on language acquisition, it was of
considerable importance to speech therapists and all those involved
medically with the observation and treatment of infant speech, in that it
provided a characterisation of normal development which could act as a
yardstick by which to measure abnormal or pathological conditions.