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 Phonology of Contrast" argues that contrast is one of the central
organizing principles of the grammar and provides a formal theory of contrast
couched in the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky
1993/2004). The study of the role of contrast is a growing area of interest in
linguistics and this monograph contributes to the debate on where contrast fits
in the grammar. The key finding is that contrast exists as an independent
principle in the grammar, which in the framework of Optimality Theory can be
formulated as a family of rankable and violable constraints. A formal proposal of
contrast is developed called Contrast Preservation Theory. This proposal is
illustrated and supported with diverse contrast phenomena in the areas of
phonology and at the phonology-morphology interface. Evidence is drawn from a
number of languages including Finnish, Arabic, and Polish. Predictions of the
proposal are discussed and compared with alternatives.