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.
Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Learning
This book illustrates the ways that cognitive linguistics, a relatively new
paradigm in language studies, can illuminate and facilitate language research
and teaching. The first part of the book introduces the basics of cognitive
linguistic theory in a way that is geared toward second language teachers and
researchers. The second part of the book provides experimental evidence of the
usefulness of applying cognitive linguistics to the teaching of English. Included
is a thorough review of the existing literature on cognitive linguistic applications
to teaching and cognitive linguistic-based experiments. Three chapters report
original experiments which focus on teaching modals, prepositions and
syntactic constructions, elements of English that learners tend to find
challenging. A chapter on “future directions” reports on an innovative analysis of
English conditionals. Pedagogical aids such as diagrams and sample exercises
round out this pioneering and innovative text.