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.
Originally published in 1975, this was the first detailed linguistic study
of natural language numeral systems. It draws on two quite different
scholarly traditions. The first is carried on by anthropologists and others
compiling and cataloguing data on the different counting-systems of the
world. The second explores generative grammar, which analyses the universal
features and the formal organisation of these numeral systems. Dr Hurford
is able to extend and modify the detailed theory of generative grammar by
testing it against this material and discovering the rules, conventions and
constraints which apply. He includes separate chapters on the numeral
systems of English, French, Mixtec, Hawaiian, Danish, Welsh and Yoruba; the
book is therefore also a contribution to the grammars of these languages.
The book is primarily intended for linguists, but there is an introduction
to the relevant principles of generative grammar in the first chapter, to
help make the work accessible also to anthropologists and mathematicians.