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.
Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing
Grammars are gaining importance in natural language processing and
computational biology as a means of encoding theories and structuring
algorithms. But one serious obstacle to applications of grammars is that
formal language theory traditionally classifies grammars according to their
weak generative capacity (what sets of strings they generate) and tends to
ignore strong generative capacity (what sets of structural descriptions they
generate) even though the latter is more relevant to applications.
This book develops and demonstrates a framework for carrying out rigorous
comparisons of grammar formalisms in terms of their usefulness for
applications, focusing on three areas of application: statistical parsing,
natural language translation, and biological sequence analysis. These results
should pave the way for theoretical research to pursue results that are more
directed towards applications, and for practical research to explore the use of
advanced grammar formalisms more easily.