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.
"Speaking of Endangered Languages: Issues in Revitalization" provides an
overview of the current state of various indigenous languages around the
world, describes some local responses to maintaining them, and in some
cases suggests a re-examination of the goals and content of indigenous
language retention programs. Each chapter presents a case study of a
threatened language and possibilities for continued vitality through a
description of the history of culture contact in a particular language
community, early attempts at assimilationist-style education, the current
language situation in the community, and recent local grassroots efforts at
language revival and maintenance. Some also include examples of differences
between past and present spoken forms of the language, and the implications
of these for present and future generations of indigenous language learners.
The authors are all actively engaged in research on the maintenance of
indigenous languages, and many of them do applied work in communities as
well. It is hoped that the ideas and approaches presented in this book will
encourage others working in the field of indigenous language revitalization
and maintenance to keep up their efforts, and in so doing consider
approaches to indigenous language education that operate at the local level
and involve various members of the community.