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 contemporary discipline of biolinguistics is beginning to have the feel
of scientific inquiry. Biolinguistics---especially the work of Noam
Chomsky---suggests that the design of language may be "perfect": language
is an optimal solution to conditions of sound and meaning. What is the
scope of this inquiry? Which aspect of nature does this science
investigate? What is its relation to the rest of science? What notions of
language and mind are under investigation? This book is a study of such
foundational questions. Exploring Chomsky's claims, Nirmalangshu Mukherji
argues that the significance of biolinguistic inquiry extends beyond the
domain of language.
Biolinguistics is primarily concerned with grammars that represent just the
computational aspects of the mind/brain. This restriction to grammars,
Mukherji argues, opens the possibility that the computational system of
human language may be involved in each cognitive system that requires
similar computational resources. Deploying analytical argumentation and
empirical evidence, Mukherji suggests that a computational system of
language consisting of very specific principles and operations is likely to
be involved in each articulatory symbol system--such as music--that
manifests unboundedness. In that sense, the biolinguistics approach may
have identified, after thousands of years of inquiry, a specific structure
of the human mind.