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 contemporary discipline of biolinguistics is beginning to have the feel
of scientific inquiry. Biolinguistics---especially the work of Noam
Chomsky---suggests that the design of language may be "perfect": language
is an optimal solution to conditions of sound and meaning. What is the
scope of this inquiry? Which aspect of nature does this science
investigate? What is its relation to the rest of science? What notions of
language and mind are under investigation? This book is a study of such
foundational questions. Exploring Chomsky's claims, Nirmalangshu Mukherji
argues that the significance of biolinguistic inquiry extends beyond the
domain of language.
Biolinguistics is primarily concerned with grammars that represent just the
computational aspects of the mind/brain. This restriction to grammars,
Mukherji argues, opens the possibility that the computational system of
human language may be involved in each cognitive system that requires
similar computational resources. Deploying analytical argumentation and
empirical evidence, Mukherji suggests that a computational system of
language consisting of very specific principles and operations is likely to
be involved in each articulatory symbol system--such as music--that
manifests unboundedness. In that sense, the biolinguistics approach may
have identified, after thousands of years of inquiry, a specific structure
of the human mind.