In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...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.
This study investigates the correlations between information structure and syntactic structure with particular reference to Spanish. It examines in detail notions like "topic" and "focus", and several topicalizing and focusing mechanisms such as Clitic left-dislocation, Pronominal left-dislocation, Topicalization, Right-dislocation and Focus Preposing. It distinguishes two different "topical" elements -Sentence Topic (STopic) and Background - and suggests that in Spanish STopics occupy a preverbal specifier position while Background elements occupy dislocated positions.