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 study of languages in contact is an ever-relevant topic in linguistics,
especially at present times when increasing globalization leads to a number
of new contact situations. This volume features ten papers on various
aspects of language contact by leading specialists in the field. In these
papers, contact-induced change in a wide variety of languages is approached
from various perspectives, reflecting the current state of affairs in
language contact studies. The first main theme in the volume is related to
the linguistic effects of migration, both in the present and in the past,
and both in the standard language spoken by ethnic minorities, and in
immigrant languages that are influenced by the standard. The second theme
concerns border areas, a traditional treasure trove for the study of
contact phenomena. The third theme is about contact effects without
physical contact, as well as the role played by translators in this process.