In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...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.
Rethinking Bilingual Education in Postcolonial Contexts
This book calls for critical adaptations when theories of bilingual
education, based on practices in the North, are applied to the countries of
the global South. For example, it challenges the assumption that
transitional models necessarily lead to language shift and cultural
assimilation. Taking an ethnographically-based narrative on the purpose and
value of bilingual education in Mozambique as a starting point, it shows
how, in certain contexts, even a transitional model may strengthen the
vitality of local languages and associated cultures, instead of weakening
them. The analysis is based on the view that communicative practices in the
classroom influence and are influenced by institutional, local and societal
processes. Within this framework, the book shows how education in
low-status languages can play a role in social and cultural transformation,
especially where post-colonial contexts are concerned.