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
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Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons
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A Special Issue ofLanguage Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics
Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons Guest-Edited by Tania Ionin
This Special Issue investigates the theoretical mechanisms behind language development in different populations, addressing such empirical research questions as: • How does age affect linguistic development? • Is cross-linguistic transfer attested for different types of populations, such as simultaneous vs. sequential bilinguals? • Is there a critical period for language acquisition, and does it affect development as well as ultimate attainment? • What are the relative contributions of cognitive vs. linguistic maturity in the development of children with SLI, cognitive impairments or autism? • Is the source of language difficulty or language breakdown different across populations?