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.
Languages are dying at an alarming rate all over the world. Estimates range from 50% to as much as 90% by the end of the century. This collection of original papers tries to strike a balance between theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches to language death and language maintenance. It provides overviews of language endangerment in Africa, Eurasia, and the Greater Pacific Area. It also presents case studies of endangered languages from various language families. These descriptive case studies not only provide data on the degree of endangerment and the causes of language death, but also provide a general sociolinguistic and typological characterization the language(s) under discussion and the prospects of language maintenance (if any). The volume will be of interest to all those concerned with the ongoing extinction of the world’s linguistic diversity.
Contributions: Mark Janse: Introduction: Language death and language maintenance: problems and prospects; Paul Newman: The endangered languages issue as a hopeless cause; Stephen A. Wurm: The language situation and language endangerment in the Greater Pacific area; Aone van Engelhoven: Language endangerment in Indonesia: Teun, Nila and Serua; Giovanni Stary: Sibe: an endangered language; Stefan Georg: The gradual disappearance of a Eurasian language family: the case of Yeniseyan; Rogier Blokland & Cornelius Hasselblatt: The endangered Uralic languages; Astrid Menz: Endangered Turkic languages: the case of Gagauz; Maarten Mous: Loss of linguistic diversity in Africa; Graziano Savà: Ongota (Birale), a moribund language of Southwest Ethiopia; Andrew Haruna: The Gùrdùη language of the Southern Bauchi area, Nigeria; Han Steenwijk: Resian as a minority language.