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.
It is hard to find someone who doesn’t have a pet peeve about language. The
act of bemoaning the decline of language has become something of a cottage
industry. High profile, self-appointed language police worry that new forms
of popular media are contributing to sloppiness, imprecision, and a general
disregard for the rules of grammar and speech. Within linguistics the term
“prescriptivism” is used to refer to the judgments that people make about
language based on the idea that some forms and uses of language are correct
and others incorrect. This book argues that prescriptivism is unfounded at
its very core, and explores why it is, nevertheless, such a popular
position. In doing so it addresses the politics of language: what
prescriptivist positions about language use reveal about power, authority,
and various social prejudices.