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.
A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative
This volume offers the first comprehensive description of English imperatives
made from a Cognitive Linguistic perspective. It proposes a new way of
explaining the meaning and function of the imperative independently of
illocutionary act classifications, which allows for quantifying the strength of
imperative force in terms of parameters and numerical values. Furthermore, the
book applies the theory of Construction Grammar to account for the felicity of
imperatives in complex sentences. The model of description explains explicitly
a wide range of phenomena, including frequency of use, prototypical vs. non-
prototypical uses of the English imperative and the choice between longer vs.
shorter directives including the imperative. "A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of
the English Imperative: With Special Reference to Japanese Imperatives" is
intended for both researchers and students interested in the English imperative
and Directive Speech Acts at large and for the linguists working within the
Cognitive Linguistics and/or Construction Grammar approach.