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.
The theory of Government and Binding, developed by Noam Chomsky and his
associates, is probably the most striking and promising development in
theoretical syntax. In this book Kenneth Safir refines and extends this
framework by re-examining the primitive syntactic relations - the means by
which all syntactic relationships and interdependencies are defined and
expressed with Universal Grammar. Dr Safir proposes the ‘Unity of Indexing
Hypothesis’, which represents a significant constraint on two central
concepts in syntactic theory: syntactic chains and the theory of indexing.
Syntactic Chains ranges widely across a number of key constructions in
syntactic theory, among them impersonal constructions and ‘definiteness’,
the PRO-drop parameter, and Case Theory; and data from an impressive number
of European languages are considered. Dr Safir writes lucidly and the
technical exposition is always carefully structured. For readers who are
unfamiliar with the latest developments in Government and Binding theory
his book will provide a valuable introduction to the main principles.