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 book provides comprehensive coverage of language contact in classroom
settings. A thorough analysis of the sources and implications of social
“disadvantage” is presented first, since the nonstandard dialects that
children bring with them to school – and the unfavourable perceptions of
these dialects – have traditionally given rise to educational difficulties.
The persistence of these perceptions is particularly highlighted. More
general issues surrounding the range and implications of language attitudes
are dealt with, as is the important “test case” of Black English. The book
also discusses foreign-language teaching and learning, as well as the
assumptions and intentions underpinning bilingual and multicultural
education. Given its breadth and its style, this book should be of interest
and value to all teachers, as well as to students and researchers concerned
with any aspect of the social life of language.