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.
Specific Language Impairment in a Bilingual Context
The acquisition of Dutch inflection by Turkish-Dutch learners
With the aim of specifying the relationship between SLI and L2 acquisition,
production data of various groups of L1 and L2 learners with and without
SLI were compared. The experiments centered on the application of
morphosyntactic rules in Dutch that were considered vulnerable in SLI and
L2 acquisition. The results of systematic cross-group comparisons of error
types and error frequencies contribute to the ongoing theoretical debate as
to whether (L2-)SLI is caused by linguistic-representational deficits or by
processing limitations. The issue of age dependencies on grammatical rule
learning is also discussed in relation to L2 acquisition.
The central claim in this book is that the similarities in error patterns
across the impaired and unimpaired child L1 and child L2 groups indicate
that all children rely on the same linguistic resources to derive grammar.
The persistent problems with inflectional morphology in the SLI groups are
interpreted in terms of processing limitations that affect either the
intake needed to derive rules or the degree of automaticity to apply rules
once established. The present study also reveals how reduced intake affects
typical child L2 acquisition. If a large amount of consistent input is
needed to derive grammar, it is possible that both SLI and L2(-SLI)
children may fossilize in immature stages resulting in incomplete
structure-specific representations. Interestingly, then, processing
accounts and representational accounts can be related.
This study is of interest to scholars working in the field of clinical
linguistics, L1 and L2 acquisition, inflectional morphology and educators
and therapists working with atypical language development in multilingual