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 present volume first reexamines Polynesian language subgrouping from the point of view of shared sporadic sound changes. The main conclusion of those chapters is to support Bill Wilson's idea that East Polynesian languages might be most closely related to the languages of Tuvalu northwest of Samoa, along with the "Ellicean" Outliers. Later chapters cover cosmogony and kin terms for the various Polynesian subgroups, traditional interests of culture historians that were not much investigated prior to the work of this thesis. The volume ends with a discussion of how language and ethnicity transformed over time in early Western Polynesia, both becoming more focused on particular island groups at about the time population pressures were first being felt in the larger island groups (Samoa and Tonga).