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.
This book explores an understudied area of language development in autism –
namely, how children with autism learn the meaning of verbs. The key feature is
a profile of verb acquisition in autism derived from qualitative analysis of the
conversational language of ten children with autism. Douglas examines whether
this profile is typical or atypical compared with verb learning in neurotypical
children. Verb use is central to linguistic development, and the ability of children
with autism to develop and use verb categories is of interest, because verbs
also encode information about the number and type of participants and the
temporal location of the activity/event. Moreover, the acquisition of verb
meanings is often dependent on other cognitive skills, such as the recognition
that human beings have beliefs and desires which motivate their actions. All
these are areas which are widely considered problematic for children with autism
and continue to generate much discussion among researchers and clinicians.
This investigation is among the first studies of its type, offering new insights
into the process of language acquisition in autism.