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 way we interpret language depends on where the words we are reading are placed in the world. Discourses in Place explores how the physical and material characteristics of language in the world give meaning to communication. In the book Ron and Suzanne Scollon argue that we can only interpret the meaning of public texts like road signs, notices and brand logos by considering the world and culture that surrounds them. Drawing on a wide range of real examples, from signs in the Chinese mountains to urban centers in Europe, Asia and America, the book equips students with the methodology and models they need to undertake their own research in 'geosemiotics', this key interface between semiotics and intercultural communication. Including a 'how to use this book' section, group and individual activities and a glossary of main terms, the book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in language and they way we communicate.