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 book is the first in-depth study that aims to identify the conceptual rules
and regularities underlying the (un)conventionality of figurative ways of speaking
and reasoning. Using a combination of corpus-linguistic and cognitive-linguistic
methods it investigates a large number of metonymies as well as metaphors,
focusing on the former, less studied phenomenon. It provides an overview of
their relative frequencies of occurrence in natural discourse and offers a
systematic account of why some figurative expressions and/or conceptual
mappings are preferred while others are less ‘successful’ in the speech
community and thus shape our language and thought to a lesser degree. Based
on a critical examination of existing theories and material from the British
National Corpus, the book points out similarities and differences between
metonymy and metaphor as well as between different types of the two
phenomena with regard to their conventionality and moreover demonstrates the
value of usage-based studies for the cognitive-linguistic enterprise.