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 Japanese Sentence-Final Particles in Talk-in-Interaction
The Japanese sentence-final particles, ne, yo and yone have proved notoriously difficult to explain and are especially challenging
for second language users. This book investigates the role of the particles
in talk-in-interaction with the aim of providing a comprehensive
understanding that accounts for their pragmatic properties and sequential
functions and that provides a sound basis for second language pedagogy.
This study starts by setting up an original particle function hypothesis
based on the figure/ground gestalt, and then tests its validity
empirically with unmarked, marked and native/non-native talk-in-interaction
data. The analysis illustrates not only expectable but also unexpected or
strategic use of particles, as well as the problems posed for native
speakers by non-native speakers whose use of particles is idiosyncratic.
The study demonstrates that the proposed hypothesis is capable of
accounting for all the uses of particles in the extensive and varied data
set examined. This book will be of interest to students and scholars in
pragmatics and CA and to teachers of Japanese as a foreign language.