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.
Talk clearly cannot be reduced to the expression of an abstract semiotic form, but refers necessarily to a particular activity that restricts it and gives it meaning. Conversely, acting in the social domain quite often mobilizes language resources to mediatize the final behaviours of the actors. From this dual understanding comes a rich and stimulating research programme, that of psychosocial pragmatics, which aims to describe systematically the complex relations created between human activities and the use of language. To contribute to this "actional turnaround" of language sciences, La parole en action offers a critical inventory of the theories of action issuing from analytical philosophy, cognitive psychology and various sociological trends. Based on empirical data, the work proposes explicit instruments of analysis making it possible to explain the praxeological dimension of verbal interactions as well as the relationships between the structures of dialogue and the management of social activities.
Laurent Filliettaz is a member of the Geneva school of discourse analysis and has participated in recent developments of the modular approach initiated by Eddy Roulet. He is one of the authors of Un modèle et un instrument d'analyse de l'organisation du discours (Peter Lang, 2001) and is currently a lecturer and assistant teacher in the Linguistics Department at the University of Geneva.
This work is intended particularly for students and researchers in the langauge sciences interested in a description of the situational components of discourse. More generally, it is intended for all linguists and psychosociologists concerned with theories of interaction, the analysis of activity and language in the workplace.