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.
Language demonstrates structure while also showing considerable variation
at all levels: languages differ from one another while still being shaped
by the same principles; utterances within a language differ from one
another while exhibiting the same structural patterns; languages change
over time, but in fairly regular ways. This book focuses on the dynamic
processes that create languages and give them their structure and variance.
It outlines a theory of language that addresses the nature of grammar,
taking into account its variance and gradience, and seeks explanation in
terms of the recurrent processes that operate in language use. The evidence
is based on the study of large corpora of spoken and written language, what
we know about how languages change, as well as the results of experiments
with language users. The result is an integrated theory of language use and
language change which has implications for cognitive processing and