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.
Profiling language families by their kin term patterns: A Computational approach
Anthropologist G. P. Murdock’s collection of kin term patterns of 566
languages is grouped into language families according to Ethnologue, and a
sophisticated computer program is employed to profile the language
families, so that each language family is distinguished from all others in
the most parsimonious way. The discovered language family profiles reveal
that kin term patterns may be considered as strong indicators of genetic
affiliation, the patterns for siblings, their spouses and their children
being the best predictors of affiliation. A number of hypotheses regarding
language family membership are evaluated in the light of the discovered
language family profiles and it is suggested that the list of profiles can
serve as a point of reference for diverse problems in
historical-comparative linguistics and typology.
The author is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and
Informatics (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). His main research interests
are focused on machine discovery in linguistics. He has published in
various scientific journals, summarizing his efforts in the first monograph
on the subject (“Machine-Aided Linguistic Discovery: An Introduction and
Some Examples” 2010). The present book is a further contribution to the field.