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.
Brought together in this volume are fourteen studies using a range of modern
instrumental methods – acoustic and articulatory – to investigate the phonetics
of several North African and Middle Eastern varieties of Arabic. Topics covered
include syllable structure, quantity, assimilation, guttural and emphatic
consonants and their pharyngeal and laryngeal mechanisms, intonation, and
language acquisition. In addition to presenting new data and new descriptions
and interpretations, a key aim of the volume is to demonstrate the depth of
objective analysis that instrumental methods can enable researchers to
achieve. A special feature of many chapters is the use of more than one type of
instrumentation to give different perspectives on phonetic properties of Arabic
speech which have fascinated scholars since medieval times. The volume will
be of interest to phoneticians, phonologists and Arabic dialectologists, and
provides a link between traditional qualitative accounts of spoken Arabic and
modern quantitative methods of instrumental phonetic analysis.