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.
The Emergence of Patterns in Second Language Writing
This book was awarded the Cambridge/Language Teaching Brumfit Award
Drawing upon a convergence of sociocultural theory and linguistic
emergentism, this book presents a longitudinal investigation of the
development of ESL users' written lexicogrammatical patterning (collocations
and colligations). A qualitative methodology ('Lexical Trail Analysis') was
developed in order to capture a dynamic and historical view of the ways in
which the participants combined words in their writing. This involved tracing
single lexemes diachronically through individuals' written corpora. The writers
were interviewed about the histories of particular word combinations. Selected
patterns were later tested using the principles of dynamic testing. The
findings of these combined data types - essays, interviews and tests -
suggest that sociocognitive resources such as memory and attention and the
ability to imitate and adapt linguistic resources are paramount in the massive
task of internalizing the lexicogrammatical patterning of a second language.
The participants were agents of change, seeking assistance and adapting
patterns to suit their changing goals. Their activity is theorized in a model of
language patterning from which implications for second language learning and
teaching are drawn.
Contents: What is lexicogrammatical patterning? - Lexicogrammatical
patterns and second language learning - Emergence theory - Sociocultural
theory - Emergent sociocognition - Methodology - Findings: Patterning,
Assistance and Imitation - A model of language patterning -
Lexicogrammatical pattern emergence and the broader context - Implications
for assisting L2 users.