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.
Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 45
Universals of language have been studied extensively for the last four
decades, allowing fundamental insight into the principles and general
properties of human language. Only incidentally have researchers looked at
the other end of the scale. And even when they did, they mostly just noted
peculiar facts as "quirks" or "unusual behavior", without making too much
of an effort at explaining them beyond calling them "exceptions" to various
rules or generalizations.
Rarissima and rara, features and properties found only in one or very few
languages, tell us as much about the capacities and limits of human
language(s) as do universals. Explaining the existence of such rare
phenomena on the one hand, and the fact of their rareness or uniqueness on
the other, is a reasonable and interesting challenge to any theory of how
human language works.
The present volume for the first time compiles selected papers on the study
of rare linguistic features from various fields of linguistics and from a
wide range of languages.