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.
The Minimalist Program has advanced a research program that builds the
design of human language from conceptual necessity. Seminal proposals by
Frampton & Gutmann (1999, 2000, 2002) introduced the notion that an
ideal syntactic theory should be ‘crash-proof’. Such a version of the
Minimalist Program (or any other linguistic theory) would not permit
syntactic operations to produce structures that ‘crash’. There have,
however, been some recent developments in Minimalism – especially those
that approach linguistic theory from a biolinguistic perspective (cf.
Chomsky 2005 et seq.) – that have called the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof
grammar’ into serious question.
The papers in this volume take on the daunting challenge of defining
exactly what a ‘crash’ is and what a ‘crash-proof grammar’ would look like,
and of investigating whether or not the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof grammar’
is biolinguistically appealing.