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.
The Discourse Potential of Underspecified Structures
The volume demonstrates the interdependence of man’s language capacity and
his other conceptual capacities. This enables linguistic structures to be
minimalised, and for extra-linguistic domains to provide much of the
interpretations of sound and meaning. Underspecification is demonstrated in
the word formation of Indo-European, Late Archaic Chinese and modern Khmer;
on the word- and sentence levels by the event structures of German; and in
the information structure predominantly of languages with the so-called
free word order: German, Slavic languages, Arabic compared with English and
the tone language Hausa.
The volume is noteworthy due to the close cooperation between theoretical
and experimental research. Within grammar, it has especially strengthened
prosodic research and the syntax-phonology interrelations and their
interpretations, and it has helped to create data bases for the relations
within texts and to evaluate the findings.