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.
Context, Individual Differences and Pragmatic Competence
Pragmatic competence plays a key role in the era of globalization where
communication across cultural boundaries is an everyday phenomenon. The
ability to use language in a socially appropriate manner is critical, as lack of it
may lead to cross-cultural miscommunication or cultural stereotyping. This book
describes second language learners’ development of pragmatic competence. It
proposes an original theoretical framework combining a pragmatics and
psycholinguistics approach, and uses a variety of research instruments, both
quantitative and qualitative, to describe pragmatic development over one year.
Situated in a bilingual university in Japan, the study reveals patterns of change
across different pragmatic abilities among Japanese learners of English. The
book offers implications for SLA theories, the teaching and assessment of
pragmatic competence, and intercultural communication.