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.
Environment of Language is designed for use both as an introduction to the growing field of ecolinguistics and to add a linguistic perspective to environmental studies, environmental impact planning, ecotourism and philosophy. It deals with such major questions as the interrelationship between language and the world, environmental problems, and the importance of preserving language diversity. The book is structured in such a way as to make it ideal for use as a textbook at university level but great care has been taken to ensure that its contents are also accessible to the interested layman. This book shows how language and the world are interrelated. It examines the consequences of this ecolinguistic perspective in a wide range of domains including ecotourism, advertising, green campaigns, and environmental impact assessments. It provides the concepts and linguistic tools needed to gain a critical understanding of the role of language in shaping environmental attitudes and actions. The author argues that environmental problems require multiple perspectives for their solution and that preserving language diversity is a necessary part of preserving biodiversity. This book can be used as an introduction to the growing field of ecolinguistics or to add a linguistic perspective to environmental studies, environmental impact planning, ecotourism and philosophy. It is informed by virtually the entire body of writings about language and ecology in a number of languages, and by the author's personal contacts with some of the main players in this field. Apart from its comprehensive (interdisciplinary) database, the book aims at developing a theory or research tool with applications in many areas of knowledge.