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.
Korean Honorifics and Politeness in Second Language Learning
This book investigates the ways that advanced speakers of Korean as a second
language perceive, use and learn the complexities of the Korean honorifics
system. Despite their advanced proficiency in Korean, the study shows that the
honorifics use of these speakers diverges in crucial ways from native speaker
norms. It is argued that, rather than reflecting the language competence of these
speakers as such, this usage is linked to questions of the identity of “language
learners” and “foreigners” in Korean society. In addition, it shows the influence of
conflicting ideologies regarding the “meaning” of “politeness”. This argument is
backed up by rich data collected through mixed methods (discourse completion
tests, role-plays, natural interactions, introspective interviews), allowing for a
detailed picture of how the honorifics use of second language speakers emerges
in context. The book concludes by discussing the implications of the study for
politeness research, interlanguage pragmatics and language pedagogy.