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.
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This volume embarks on an exploration of the processual and dynamic
character of grammatical constructions in emergence, both from an
‘emergent’ and an ‘emerging’ perspective. ‘Emerging’ constructions develop
out of their discourse contexts. Talking of emergent constructions is
compatible with a view of grammar as a stable system of rules and structures
which may ‘emerge’ (i.e., come into existence) out of a pool of previously
unordered elements. ‘Emergent’ constructions on the contrary are due to the
on-line production of grammar in time. The term ‘emergent’ emphasises the
fact that a grammatical structure is always temporary and ephemeral. In both
senses, grammar is modelled as a highly adaptive resource for interaction.
On the basis of empirical studies on spoken English, German, Hebrew,
Swedish and French, the volume addresses the following questions: How can
what initially appears to be construction x end up being construction y in on-
line syntax? What are the local interactional needs which such processes
respond to in the process of their emergence? Does the on-line (re-)modelling
of a construction concern its syntactic or semantic side ‑ or both? And finally:
Should emergent grammatical structures as they unfold in real time be seen
as stages in the emerging of grammar?