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 monograph examines the ideological legacy of the the apparently
innocent kinship metaphors of "mother tongue" and "native speaker" by
historicizing their linguistic development. It shows how the early nation
states constructed the ideology of ethnolinguistic nationalism, a composite
of national language, identity, geography, and race. This ideology invented
myths of congenital communities that configured the national language in a
symbiotic matrix between body and physical environment and as the ethnic
and corporeal ownership of national identity and local organic nature.
These ethno-nationalist gestures informed the philology of the early modern
era and generated arboreal and genealogical models of language, culminating
most divisively in the race conscious discourse of the Indo-European
hypothesis of the 19th century. The philosophical theories of organicism
also contributed to these ideologies. The fundamentally nationalist
conflation of race and language was and is the catalyst for subsequent
permutations of ethnolinguistic discrimination, which continue today.
Scholarship should scrutinize the tendency to overextend biological
metaphors in the study of language, as these can encourage, however
surreptitiously, genetic and racial impressions of language.