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.
In recent years, there has been a new interest in evaluating ‘complex’
structures in languages. The implications of such studies are varied, e.g.,
the distinction between supposedly more complex and less complex languages,
how complexity relates to human knowledge of language, and the role of the
reduction or increase of complexity in language change and creolization.
This book focuses on the latter issue, but the conclusions presented here
hold of typological ‘complexity’ in general. The chapters in this book show
that the notion of complexity as conceived of in linguistics mainly centres
on the outer manifestations of language (e.g., numbers of affixes). This
exercise is useful in establishing the patterning of languages in terms of
their degrees of analyticity or synthesis, but it fails to address the
properties of the inner rules of these grammars, and how these relate to
the computational system that governs the human language capacity. Put
simply, issues of complexity should not be equated with the complexity
observed in surface patterns of grammars alone.