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.
Benefactives are constructions used to express that a state of affairs
holds to someone’s advantage. The same construction sometimes also serves
as a malefactive, whose meanings are generally not a simple mirror image of
the benefactive. Benefactive constructions cover a wide range of phenomena:
malefactive passives, general and specialized benefactive cases and
adpositions, serial verb constructions and converbal constructions
(including e.g. verbs of giving and taking), benefactive applicatives, and
other morphosyntactic strategies. The present book is the first collection
of its kind to be published on this topic. It includes both typological
surveys and in-depth descriptive studies, exploring both the
morphosyntactic properties and the semantic nuances of phenomena ranging
from the familiar English double-object construction and the Japanese
adversative passive to comparable phenomena found in lesser-known languages
of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The book will appeal to typologists and linguists interested in linguistic
diversity and it will also be a useful reference work for linguists working
on language description.