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.
Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
Assertion - the act of presenting what we say as true - is at the centre of human
social life. Yet what might seem a relatively simple phenomenon has proved
difficult to define or characterise successfully. Is assertion just another speech
act, on a par with promising, ordering and the like, or is it more fundamental?
How is assertion related to belief? Does the declarative mood have a special
role to play in the correct analysis of assertion or can assertion be characterised
independently of linguistic form? What is the relationship between what a
speaker asserts and her main point? All these questions are addressed in this
book as the author develops a novel account of the pragmatic processes
involved in assertion and the role of the declarative mood in those processes. In
doing so, he synthesises a range of perspectives on assertion, drawing on the
work of philosophers, linguists and cognitive scientists.