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.
It is hard to find someone who doesn’t have a pet peeve about language. The
act of bemoaning the decline of language has become something of a cottage
industry. High profile, self-appointed language police worry that new forms
of popular media are contributing to sloppiness, imprecision, and a general
disregard for the rules of grammar and speech. Within linguistics the term
“prescriptivism” is used to refer to the judgments that people make about
language based on the idea that some forms and uses of language are correct
and others incorrect. This book argues that prescriptivism is unfounded at
its very core, and explores why it is, nevertheless, such a popular
position. In doing so it addresses the politics of language: what
prescriptivist positions about language use reveal about power, authority,
and various social prejudices.