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.
Linguistic Diversity and the Irish Traveller Minority
The Irish Travellers are one of Ireland's oldest minorities, a minority who
have frequently lived on the margins of the "majority" or settled
community. This volume explores linguistic change amongst this cultural
group with a particular focus on the influence of the educational system.
This book analyses whether increased attendance by young Traveller women in
secondary education is influencing long-term change in linguistic usage and
speech patterns. The tendency for convergence/non-convergence to the
settled community's speech patterns is analysed as is the question of
whether such speech variations are a strategy for "survival" in the school
environment. This study is based on an analysis of both naturally-occurring
conversation and speech as explored within an informal interview setting.