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.
The last two decades have seen a good deal of work in educational linguistics,
which has created a deeper understanding of how language works in different
varieties of discourse and what a teacher needs to know for engaging
successfully in language education. In this sense, the focus has been largely
on instructional discourse – i.e., what is to be taught. The chapters of this book
attempt to widen the field by focussing on who is being taught. After all, the
true active element in the processes of education is the learner. Children have
already acquired specific ways of learning, long before they enter the
classroom, and in pluralistic societies learning styles vary systematically
across communities. This book argues on the one hand the need to attend to
the different voices in the classroom, and on the other to encourage an attitude
of enquiry which creates awareness of the power of discourse in maintaining
and/or changing societies.