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.
In many languages, the objects of transitive verbs are either marked by
grammatical case or agreement on the verb, or they remain unmarked: this is
differential object marking. This book is a cross-linguistic study of how
differential object marking is affected by information structure, the structuring of
the utterance in accordance with the informational value of its elements and
contextual factors. Marked objects tend to be associated with old information or
information that the sentence is about, while unmarked objects tend to express
new information. The book also sheds light on grammatical patterning in
languages with differential object marking: in some languages marked and
unmarked objects have identical grammatical properties, whereas in other
languages marked objects are more active in syntax. Finally, it provides a
theory of the historical changes that lead to the emergence of various patterns
of differential object marking.