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.
Most societies in today’s world are multilingual. 'Language contact' occurs
when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence
each other. This book is an introduction to the subject, covering
individual and societal multilingualism, the acquisition of two or more
languages from birth, second language acquisition in adulthood, language
change, linguistic typology, language processing and the structure of the
language faculty. It explains the effects of multilingualism on society and
language policy, as well as the consequences that long-term bilingualism
within communities can have for the structure of languages. Drawing on the
author’s own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, the
book provides a clear analysis of such phenomena as language convergence,
grammatical borrowing, and mixed languages.