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.
Applied Linguists Needed
Cross-disciplinary Networking in Endangered Language Contexts
It is a fact that the world’s languages are dying at an alarming rate. This
comprehensive volume aspires to raise awareness among applied linguists
and language practitioners about the needs and concerns of endangered
language communities. It suggests that the way forward lies in building
language revitalization teams reflecting the levels of expertise that the fields
of formal linguistics and applied linguistics have to offer – in how well
researchers and practitioners exploit a tremendous networking potential
across disciplines to address the needs of revitalization, stabilization, or
maintenance in these communities.
A wide range of expert contributors addresses the following themes: (1) how
varied language teaching contexts dictate what applied linguists bring to the
table; (2) how training in applied linguists can empower members of the
speaking community; (3) why we should critically examine the issues and
terminology used to describe endangered language contexts; and (4) how
linguistic skills can be adapted and integrated, conceptually and
pedagogically, into non-traditional teaching contexts. The strength of this
collection lies in bringing together expert applied and field linguists whose
work represents extensive field experiences, theoretical expertise, and
passionate resolve to act.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Language and