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.
Sociophonetics is one of the sub-branches of the discipline that has
attracted a great deal of attention over the last decade. Recent advances
in speech science and their technological simulations allow increasingly
sophisticated studies of the progress of language contact and change. These
studies, particularly those at the level of pronunciation, show that
language variety is robust and socially embedded in interesting ways.
Instrumental studies of language variety contact and change have focused on
the role of social categories and attitudes in variety perception as well
as production. Some of the studies presented in this volume look at the
specific role of social factors in the formation, progress, and deterrence
of intralingual contact and change; while others look at the ways in which
social identities and beliefs influence a listener's ability to identify
and comprehend varieties. These studies use detailed acoustic analyses of
production speech data and of responses to samples of data based on such
analyses. Although the book assumes some knowledge of basic acoustics and
variationist studies, the general introduction plus chapter and section
introductions provide a review of practices in the field, including those
of collection, analysis, and interpretation.