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.
Will the field of second language acquisition adopt a biological perspective? The authors of this cutting edge book hope so. Research points to a link between certain neurobiological mechanisms and second language acquisition. Trained in neurobiology, the authors of this book use science to develop biological accounts of various aspects of learning. In each chapter, one adult second language acquisition case illustrates the acquisition and use of four language learning processes--motivation, procedural and declarative memory, memory consolidation and attention. Learning is mediated by the brain. Therefore, while behavioral theories have been successful at focusing language learning research, these models ultimately have to be answerable to the brain’s structure and function. The Neurobiology of Learning: Perspectives from Second Language Acquisition describes and integrates a number of neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the various cognitive processes of second language learning.
This book assumes some background in the fundamentals of neurobiology. It will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of applied linguistics, neuroscience, and cognitive science. It could also be used as recommended reading for graduate courses in neurolinguistics, language pathology and rehabilitation.