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.
Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and Language
This interdisciplinary study investigates the relationship between culture,
language and cognition based on the aspects of social structure, space and
possession in Tonga, Polynesia. Grounded on extensive field research,
Völkel explores the subject from an anthropological as well as from a
linguistic perspective. The book provides new insights into the language of
respect, an honorific system which is deeply anchored in the societal
hierarchy, spatial descriptions that are determined by socio-cultural and
geocentric parameters, kinship terminology and possessive categories that
perfectly express the system of social status inequalities among relatives.
These examples impressively show that language is deeply anchored in its
cultural context. Moreover, the linguistic structures reflect the underlying
cognitive frame of its speakers. Just as several cultural practices (sitting
order, access to land and gift exchange processes) the linguistic means are
not only expressions of stratified social networks but also tools to
negotiate the underlying socio-cultural system.