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 study presents a synchronic description of the main dialect of the
Muɹinyapata language of North-West Australia.
It is divided into six chapters. The first is introductory placing Muɹinyapata in
the context of Australian languages, giving some background to the area In
which the language is spoken and assessing previous work on this group.
The second chapter provides a phonological description and an account of
morphophonological change. The segmental phonology is presented in a
distinctive feature format. Some tentative rules are advanced to account for
stress. The third chapter establishes the word classes of Muɹinyapata, briefly
discussing their defining characteristics. A preliminary discussion on noun
classification is embarked upon which is given a fuller semantic basis in
chapter six. Chapter four presents the morphological facts of the language:
data which assist the description of verbal morphology are presented in
Appendics 2 and 3.
Chapter five provides a preliminary discussion of Muɹinyapata syntax. A brief
account of the semantics of the language is given in chapter six, with
particular emphasis on noun-classification. Three sample texts are provided
in Appendix 4.
The bulk of the text is concerned with synchronic description of the
phonology and morphology of the language. Their unusual complexity
demand lengthy discussion with a more detailed account of the syntax and
semantics being reserved for a later study.