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.
Fillers are items that speakers insert in spontaneous speech as a repair
strategy. Types of fillers include hesitation markers and placeholders.
Both are used to fill pauses that arise during planning problems or in
lexical retrieval failure. However, while hesitation markers may not bear
any resemblance to lexical items they replace, placeholders typically share
some morphosyntactic properties with the target form. Additionally, fillers
can function as a pragmatic tool, in order to replace lexical items that
the speaker wants to avoid mentioning for some reason.
The present volume is the first collection on the topic of fillers and will
be a useful reference work for future investigations on the topic. It
consists of typological surveys and in-depth studies exploring the form and
use of fillers across languages and sections of different populations,
including cognitively impaired speakers. The volume will be interesting to
typologists and linguists working in discourse studies.