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.
Since the publication of F. R. Palmer's first edition of Mood and Modality
in 1986, when the topic of 'modality' was fairly unfamiliar, there has
been considerable interest in the subject as well as in grammatical
typology in general. Modality is concerned with mood (subjunctive etc.) and
with modal markers such as English modal verbs (can, may, must etc.) and is
treated as a single grammatical category found in most of the languages of
the world. In his investigation of this category, Palmer draws on a wealth
of examples from a wide variety of languages. He discusses in detail
familiar features in a number of mainly European languages, and also looks
at less familiar features including 'evidential' systems and the contrast
of realis/irrealis, both to be found in unrelated languages.