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.
Grammaticalization and lexicalization are at the heart of first language
acquisition. Understanding how these processes begin and evolve is a major
challenge for current theories and has implications for applications in teaching or
clinical contexts. This volume examines the relative weight of cognitive and
linguistic determinants of acquisition with particular attention to two questions.
The first one concerns the origins of grammar and the processes underlying its
development. Is grammatical knowledge innate or constructed by the child? Is it
modular or does it interact with other capacities? How can we account for
continuity and discontinuity in development? What is the role of input? Second,
considerable variation is observed in lexical and grammatical development
across child languages. Is the process of acquisition similar in all children or do
language-specific factors impact its rhythm and course? Do typological factors
determine children’s reliance on lexical or grammatical means of expression in
some domains? Originally published in Language, Interaction and Acquisition -
Langage, Interaction et Acquisition 2:1 (2011).