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
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Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching 1
Processability Theory (PT) as developed by Manfred Pienemann is a
prominent theory of second language acquisition. PT serves as a framework
for a wide range of research covering issues, including L2 processing,
interlanguage variation, typological effects on SLA, L1 transfer, pidgins and
creoles, linguistic profiling, stabilisation/fossilisation and teachability. This
textbook provides a reader-friendly introduction to PT. It is designed for
students with a basic knowledge of (applied) linguistics. The components of
PT are set out in four parts. The first part focuses on observed facts, in
particular on paths of L2 development and learner variation. The second part
gives an overview of the theoretical basis of PT. Part three details the
application of PT to contexts other than ESL (i.e. Japanese, creoles and
bilingual acquisition), and the forth part focuses on practical applications.
Each chapter contains exercises (including data analysis and interpretation)
which may be used for individual study or in class. The textbook can be used
as a concise introduction to PT. However, it may also serve as a point of
reference for particular PT-related topics. The individual chapters were written
by specialists in each of the research areas.