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.
Text Comparison and Digital Creativity
The Production of Presence and Meaning in Digital Text Scholarship
In fourteen thoughtful essays this book reports and reflects on the many
changes that a digital workflow brings to the world of original texts and
textual scholarship, and the effect on scholarly communication practices.
The spread of digital technology across philology, linguistics and literary
studies suggests that text scholarship is taking on a more laboratory-like
image. The ability to sort, quantify, reproduce and report text through
computation would seem to facilitate the exploration of text as another
type of quantitative scientific data. However, developing this potential
also highlights text analysis and text interpretation as two increasingly
separated sub-tasks in the study of texts. The implied dual nature of
interpretation as the traditional, valued mode of scholarly text
comparison, combined with an increasingly widespread reliance on digital
text analysis as scientific mode of inquiry raises the question as to
whether the reflexive concepts that are central to interpretation –
individualism, subjectivity – are affected by the anonymised, normative
assumptions implied by formal categorisations of text as digital data.