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 volume looks at the development of linguistic competence and
convergence in second language acquisition by analysing the acquisition of
complex syntax by non-native learners of Spanish. It looks at the knowledge
that is transferred from the native language and the changes that occur as
learners become more proficient. It focuses on a particular class of grammatical
constructions that are central to understanding the transition from simple to
complex syntax in language development: Control, Raising and Exceptional
Case Marking structures. Theoretical syntax has dealt extensively with the
properties of these constructions. As well as a comprehensive review of
seminal and current theories, this volume presents an empirical study informed
by these theories that ultimately seeks to bridge the gap between linguistic
theory and its applications.