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.
Lexical Errors and Accuracy in Foreign Language Writing
Lexical errors are a determinant in gaining insight into vocabulary acquisition,
vocabulary use and writing quality assessment. Lexical errors are very frequent
in the written production of young EFL learners, but they decrease as learners
gain proficiency. Misspellings are the most common category, but formal errors
give way to semantic-based lexical errors as proficiency increases, likewise, the
direct influence of the L1 also reduces in favour of more elaborated transfer
mechanisms and L2 influence. The different categories of lexical errors indicate
the stage of learning. This book uses a study of young EFL learners to suggest
that lexical accuracy is a crucial component of writing assessment, and that
lexical errors are useful in predicting writing quality.