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 addresses divergent views in the linguistic literature on whether
German displays the 'that'-trace effect and other subject/object
asymmetries commonly found for long extractions in English and other
languages. Using newly developed rating methodologies, the author exposes
consistent and robust subject/object asymmetries in German - a surprisingly
unequivocal result given that the existence of these effects is controversial.
This finding raises important questions: how can one account for the
discrepancy between the clear experimental evidence on the one hand, and the
lack of consensus in the linguistic literature on the other? And secondly, it
raises again the old question of why subject extractions are dispreferred. This
work also provides intriguing new insights into the long-standing question on how
to analyse German constructions such as 'Wer glaubst du hat recht'? –
the 'parenthesis versus extraction debate'. In this work decisive evidence points
in favour of the parenthetical analysis.