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.
Language policy is an issue of critical importance in the world today. In
this up-to-date introduction, Bernard Spolsky explores many debates at the
forefront of language policy: ideas of correctness and bad language;
bilingualism and multilingualism; language death and efforts to preserve
endangered languages; language choice as a human and civil right; and
language education policy. Through looking at the language practices,
beliefs and management of social groups from families to supra-national
organizations, he develops a theory of modern national language policy and
the major forces controlling it, such as the demands for efficient
communication, the pressure for national identity, the attractions of (and
resistance to) English as a global language, and the growing concern for
human and civil rights as they impinge on language. Two central questions
asked in this wide-ranging survey are of how to recognize language
policies, and whether or not language can be managed at all.