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.
Applied Linguistics and Semantic Web Apps: Cases of Mediated Discursive Practices
Semantic Web Apps not only represent a key force in the field of web technology, but are found to mediate new discursive practices. The book focuses on their role in sharpening applied linguistics research, driven by its key features of openness, interdisciplinarity and real-world language enquiry. The work sets out to explore essential theoretical concepts in order to position the three case studies presented at the crossroads of applied linguistics and within the new digital playing field of the Semantic Web. The first study investigates discursive practices emerging in interactive health communication through the use of semantic search engines in the light of Frame Semantics. Grounded in the Dual Coding Theory, the second case enquires into the new opportunities offered by the text-clouding approach to develop L2 learners’ reading comprehension strategies. The final study sources Appraisal Theory to investigate emotionoriented language in customer hotel reviews through the support of sentiment analyzers.
This research orientation brings different strands of applied linguistics to the forefront of interdisciplinary research in the evolving field of technology.
Anna Franca Plastina is Assistant Professor of English language and translation at the University of Calabria in Italy. Her research interests include discourse and genre analysis, psycholinguistics, language for special purposes, especially related to computer-mediated communication. She has published numerous papers in these areas and authored a monograph on L2 reading.