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.
More than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent
can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African
languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and
understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an
interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether
structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the
result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of
major research. This 2007 book shows that such similarities across African
languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad
perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of
specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of
African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on
these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's
linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.