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.
This book proposes a path-breaking study of the economics of
multilingualism at work, proposing a systematic approach to the
identification and measurement of the ways in which language skills and
economic performance are related.
Using the instruments of economic investigation, but also explicitly
relating the analysis to the approaches to multilingualism at work
developed in the language sciences, this interdisciplinary book proposes a
systematic, step-by-step exploration of the issue. Starting from a general
identification of the linkages between multilingualism and processes of
value creation, it reviews the contributions of linguistics and economics
before developing a new economic model of production in which language is
taken into account. Testing of the model using data from two countries
provides quantitative estimations of the influence of multilingualism on
economic processes, showing that foreign language skills can make a
considerable contribution to a country’s GDP. These findings have
significant implications for language policy and suggest strategies helping
language planners to harness market forces for increased effectiveness.