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 book is the first of its kind to establish Cognitive Linguistics as a
research paradigm within the field of world Englishes.
The authors survey the main tenets of both areas of linguistic enquiry and
suggest that the theoretical and methodological apparatus developed both
within Cognitive Linguistics generally and within its novel sub-discipline
Cognitive Sociolinguistics can overcome certain limitations inherent in
traditional approaches to cultural variation in language. They present a
case study of the linguistic realization of the cultural model of community
in African English as an exemplar for the investigation of cultural models
in other varieties of English. Corpus-linguistic methods are combined with
conceptual metaphor analysis and blending theory to elucidate a vast
network of conceptualizations salient to speakers of African English.
The findings, based on computer corpora and a range of additional sources,
are discussed against the background of work in anthropology, religious
studies, and political science. The book also reflects on the role of
English in intercultural communication and concludes with a comparison of
Cognitive Linguistics and pragmatic functionalism, placing the former in
the wider framework of a hermeneutic philosophy that stresses dialogic