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.
Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction
This book proposes a framework for describing languages through the description of relationships among lexicon, morphology, syntax, and phonology. The framework is based on the notion of formal coding means; the principle of functional transparency; the notion of functional domains; and the notion of systems interaction in the coding of functional domains. The study is based on original analyses of cross-linguistic data.
The fundamental finding of the study is that different languages may code different functional domains, which must be discovered by analyzing the formal means available in each language. The first part of the book proposes a methodology for discovering functional domains and the second part describes the properties of various functional domains.
The book presents new cross-linguistic analyses of theoretical issues including agreement; phenomena attributed to government; nominal classification; prerequisites for and implications of linear order coding; and defining characteristics of lexical categories.
The study also contributes new analyses of specific problems in individual languages.
Table of contents
1. Introduction: Theoretical and methodological foundations 1–36
2. Interaction of the lexicon with other coding means 37–56
3. Coding through linear order 57–88
4. Coding through nominal inflection 89–113
5. Interaction of phonology with other coding means 115–151
6. Agreement, or coding on other constituents 153–168
7. Interaction of nominal classification with other coding means 169–181
8. Matrix clause coding 183–210
9. Determining the function of a linguistic form: The indirectly affected argument and the external possessor 211–231
10. Systems interaction in the coding of locative predication 233–246
11. Systems interaction in the coding of reference 247–282
12. Conclusions, implications, and open questions 283–288
Index of authors 301–302
Index of languages 303–304
Index of subjects 305–307