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 ground-breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't
have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's book provides a
comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese
words. It shows that Chinese, far from being 'morphologically
impoverished', has a different morphological system because it selects
different 'settings' on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of
Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word
universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and
their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are
word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based
on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the
mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what
native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a
hard-wired, specifically linguistic 'program' in the brain.