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.
This book traces the history of language technology from writing - the first
technology specifically designed for language - to digital speech and other
contemporary language systems. The book describes the social impact of
technological developments over five millennia, and addresses topics such as
the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific
the social impact of modern speech technology; the influence of various
technologies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass
information access is a means for exploitation or enlightenment; the
of ancient scripts; and technical aids for people with language disabilities.
Richard Sproat writes in a clear, readable style, introducing linguistic
scientific concepts as they are needed. His book offers fascinating reading
everyone interested in how language and technology have shaped and continue
to shape our day-to-day lives.