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.
Throughout human history, languages have been in competition with each
other. As the world becomes more globalized, this trend increases. It
affects the decision-making of those in positions of power and determines
macro language policies and planning. Often decisions about language (or
dialects or language variety) are related to usefulness - defined in terms
of their pragmatic and commercial currency or their value as symbols of
socio-cultural identity. Languages can be modes of entry into coveted
social hierarchies or strongholds of religious, historical, technological
and political power bases. Languages are seen now as commodities that carry
different values in an era of globalization.
This volume engages with language policies and positions in relation to the
roles and functions these languages adopt. It examines the 'value' of
languages, defined in terms of the power they have in the global
marketplace as much as within the complex matrices of the local
socio-politics. These valuations strongly underpin the various motivations
that influence policy-making decisions, and in turn, these motivations
create the tensions that characterize many language-related issues;
tensions that arise when languages become commodified.