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.
Ayhan Aksu-Koç's empirical research on Turkish children's acquisition of
the past tense forms the basis for this original and important contribution
to the current debate among psycholinguistics on the interrelationship
between language and cognitive development. Turkish, in its grammar, makes
a clear distinction between direct and indirect experiencing, separating
personal observation of processes from both inference and narrative. This
distinction thus provides an ideal means by which linguistic and
nonlinguistic conceptual development can be observed.
Dr Aksu-Koç has exploited this to full advantage in her broadly based
longitudinal and cross-sectional study, conducted across a wide age range.
The data are meticulously analyzed, and the theoretical implications for a
neo-Piagetian paradigm are carefully considered.