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.
Anaphora is one of the most fascinating linguistic phenomena as it
constitutes a unique and universal property of human language. Every single
natural language provides linguistic means which facilitate speakers to
refer to entities in the world. The understanding of the complexity of
anaphora and of the problems surrounding it will ameliorate our
understanding of the nature of human languages. This explains why anaphora
constitutes a central research topic in contemporary linguistic science.
This study examines the phenomenon of NP-anaphora with the main focus on
modern Greek. By maintaining the empirical and theoretical benefits of the
classical generative approach to binding, in this study we propose a
partial pragmatic reduction of the interpretation of NP-anaphora in modern
Greek in terms of the neo-Gricean pragmatic principles of communication.
The proposed analysis is articulated on the following basis: it is argued
that the choice of anaphoric expressions and their interpretation by Greek
speakers and addressees respectively is heavily dependent on preference,
which is regulated by principles of language use and communication.
Therefore, by employing a model, which is based on the systematic
interaction of the neo-Gricean pragmatic principles of communication, we
provide a neat and more elegant approach to NP-anaphora resolution for
modern Greek. In a nutshell, this study offers a quite new perspective into
the study of NP-anaphora in modern Greek but it is also a little step
towards a better understanding of the phenomenon of anaphora across languages.