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.
Functional categories in Mandarin Chinese examines the internal structure of Chinese functional projections, such as TP, CP, NegP, DisP etc. within the framework of the Minimalist Program. It compares some of these categories, as they occur in Chinese, with their counterparts in other languages. This comparison aims at providing a principled explanation for some of the crosslinguistic differences that one can attest. The main goal of this study is to show that if a certain type of functional category is a theoretical requirement (because there are languages that have been shown to have it), it will be part of Universal Grammar and thus be manifested in each individual language. As will be shown, linguistic variation can best be explained in terms of strong versus weak features, in the sense of Chomsky (1993).