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.
The impossibility of testing the depth hypothesis of 1960 of a connection
between the complexities of grammar and a limited human temporary memory
led to questioning the ancient grammatical foundations of linguistics and
to developing standard hard-science foundations. This volume is the first
detailed report on how to reconstitute linguistics on the new hard-science
foundation laid by Victor H. Yngve in 1996.
Hard-science (human) linguistics is the scientific study of how people
communicate. It studies people and also communicative energy flow and other
relevant parts of the physical environment. It studies the real world, not
the world of language, and it develops theories testable against real-world
evidence as is standard in the hard sciences. Hard-science linguistics
takes its rightful place connecting the humanities and social sciences to
biology, chemistry and physics. Thus linguistics becomes a natural science
and contributes to the unity of science. This unity is clearly evident in
the research reported here by these fifteen pioneering authors from diverse
areas as they work to reconstitute linguistics as a true hard science.