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 offers an introduction to the analysis of meaning. Our outstanding
ability to communicate is a distinguishing feature of our species. To
communicate is to convey meaning, but what is meaning? How do words
combine to give us the meanings of sentences? And what makes a
statement ambiguous or nonsensical? These questions and many others are
addressed in Paul Elbourne's fascinating guide. He opens by asking what
kinds of things the meanings of words and sentences could be: are they, for
example, abstract objects or psychological entities? He then looks at how we
understand a sequence of words we have never heard before; he considers to
what extent the meaning of a sentence can be derived from the words it
contains and how to account for the meanings that can't be; and he
examines the roles played by time, place, and the shared and unshared
assumptions of speakers and hearers. He looks at how language interacts
with thought and the intriguing question of whether what language we speak
affects the way we see the world.
Meaning, as might be expected, is far from simple. Paul Elbourne explores
its complex issues in crystal clear language. He draws on approaches
developed in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology - assuming a knowledge
of none of them -in a manner that will appeal to everyone interested in this
essential element of human psychology and culture.