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.
This book is the first attempt to provide a unified account of the
be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the
perfect constructions in Russian/North Russian within a generative
framework. Apparently diverse constructions are construed as
deriving from the have/be parameter, which depends on the
utilization of the prepositional complementizer with a Case feature.
The be-perfect structure provides an adequate environment
where ergativity is encoded via verbal nominalization. The relevance
of the be-perfect structure for a split ergative pattern shows
that the ergative system is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon
rather than a purely morphological diversity. This volume also offers
the diachronic study of the be-syntax, investigating the
evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal
constructions, which has rarely been explored within a formal
framework. Concrete scenarios are proposed for the developmental
paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal
constructions, based on textual evidence in old North Russian.