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 Acquisition of German: Introducing Organic Grammar" brings together
work on the acquisition of German from over four decades of child L1 and
immigrant L2 learner studies. The book’s major feature is new longitudinal
data from three secondary school students who began an exchange year in
Germany with no German knowledge and attained fluency. Their naturalistic
acquisition process - with a succession of stages described for the first time
in L2 acquisition - is highly similar to that of younger learners. This has
important implications for German teaching and for the theory of Universal
Grammar and acquisition. Organic Grammar, a variant of generative syntax,
is offered as a practical alternative to Chomsky’s Minimalism. The analysis
focuses on extensive monthly samples of the three students’ German
development in an input-rich environment. Similar to previous studies, the
teenagers build syntactic structure from the bottom up. Two acquired correct
word order by the end of the year, the third, who had greater conscious
awareness of German grammar, had a divergent route of development,
suggesting that language awareness can alter a natural developmental path.
The results are addressed in light of recent debates in child-adult differences.