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 collection of critical essays, originally published in "Pragmatics and
Society" 1:2 (2010), discusses how normative biases that shape our relation
to the world are constructed through discursive practice in media discourse.
The intertextual perspective it adopts is crucial for our understanding of how
media representations of speakers and languages shape many of our
preconceptions of others.
Mediatization is inherently intertextual; the very nature of this process
involves extracting the speech behavior of particular speakers or groups from
a highly specific context and refracting and reshaping it to be inserted in
another stream of representation. The notion of intertextuality becomes a
useful concept for the linguistic anthropological study of media discourse in
the context of modernity, as it provides us with a tool for exploring the
semiotic processes that underlie the way in which the media negotiate and
reinscribe the complex relationships of identity that characterize late modern