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.
Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification
Recent work has pointed to the need for a detection-based approach to transfer
capable of discovering elusive crosslinguistic effects through the use of human
judges and computer classifiers that can learn to predict learners’ language
backgrounds based on their patterns of language use. This book addresses that
need. It details the nature of the detection-based approach, discusses how this
approach fits into the overall scope of transfer research, and discusses the few
previous studies that have laid the groundwork for this approach. The core of
the book consists of five empirical studies that use computer classifiers to
detect the native-language affiliations of texts written by foreign language
learners of English. The results highlight combinations of language features that
are the most reliable predictors of learners’ language backgrounds.