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 book shows how complex words and word-like phrasal lexical units can
be analysed as constructions, as pairings of forms and meanings. It
contributes to current work on the architecture of the grammar, the
morphology-syntax interface, the shape and characteristics of the lexicon,
and the analysis of grammaticalization phenomena. It is an important work
for morphological theory in particular and for linguistic theory in general.
Geert Booij applies the insights of construction grammar to morphological
theory and the formation of words and lexical phrases. Construction grammar
refers to the class of linguistic theories that focus on the pairing of
form and meaning at different levels of abstraction. Such work (by William
Croft and Adele Goldberg, for example) has tended to focus on syntax or (as
in the case of Ray Jackendoff) on the syntax-semantics interface. Geert
Booij offers a characteristically lucid integration of his own and others'
work and considers what it reveals about the nature of words and idioms.
His book will appeal to professional linguists in all subfields and to
graduate students of syntax and morphology.