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.
We have recently seen a broadening of pragmatics to new areas and to the
study of more than one language. This is illustrated by the present volume
on Contrastive Pragmatics which brings together a number of articles
originally presented at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference in
Göteborg in 2007. The contributions deal with pragmatic phenomena such as
speech acts, discourse markers and modality in different language pairs
using theoretical approaches such as politeness theory, Conversation
Analysis, Appraisal Theory, grammaticalization and cultural textology. Also
discourse practices and genres may differ across cultures as illustrated by
the study of TV news shows in different countries. Contrastive pragmatics
also includes the comparative study of pragmatic phenomena from a foreign
language perspective, a new area with implications for language teaching
and intercultural communication. The contributions to this volume were
originally published in "Languages in Contrast" 9:1 (2009).