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 ‘Mixed Game Model’ represents a holistic theory of dialogue which
starts from human beings’ competence-in-performance and describes how
language is integrated in a general theory of human action and behaviour.
Human beings are able to adapt to changing conditions and to pursue their
interests by the integrated use of various communicative means, mainly
verbal, perceptual and cognitive. The core unit is the dialogic action game
or ‘the mixed game’ with human beings at the centre acting and reacting in
cultural surroundings. The key to opening up the complex whole is human
beings’ nature. The Mixed Game Model demonstrates how the different
disciplines of the natural and social sciences and the humanities are
mutually interconnected. After a detailed overview of the state of the art,
the fundamentals of the theory are laid down. They include a typology of
action games which ranges from minimal games to complex institutional
games. The description is illustrated by analyses of authentic games.