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.
"Bidirectional Optimality Theory" (BiOT) emerged at the turn of the
millennium as a fusion of Radical Pragmatics and Optimality Theoretic
Semantics. It stirred a wealth of new research in the pragmatics‑semantics
interface and heavily influenced e.g. the development of evolutionary and game
theoretic approaches. Optimality Theory holds that linguistic output can be
understood as the optimized products of ranked constraints. At the centre of
BiOT is the insight that this optimisation has to take place both in production
and interpretation, and that the production-interpretation cycle has to lead back
to the original input. BiOT is now generally interpreted as a description of
diachronically stable and cognitively optimal form–meaning pairs. It found
applications beyond the semantics-pragmatics interface in language acquisition,
historical linguistics, phonology, syntax, and typology. This book provides a
state of the art overview of these developments. It collects nine chapters by
leading scientists in the field.