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.
REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION: 'This introductory textbook offers a solid exposition of the foundational topics required for the investigation and study of English sentence structure ... it is clearly written in an accessible style.' - Language 'An ideal introduction to syntax.' - The Year's Work in English Studies
ABOUT THE BOOK
A lucid textbook on syntax which gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure while acquainting them with the essentials of syntactic argument. The text is written in a user-friendly style, and progresses through a range of relevant topics of increasing difficulty from the building blocks of language - words and phrases - to constituency and argumentation. This new edition is completely revised with the chapter on X-bar syntax now split in two to give greater prominence to clauses. It also contains many new exercises, which are now graded in terms of level of difficulty. Each chapter has a section on suggested further reading material, and there is a bibliography and list of recommended reference works for students to explore the subject further.
CONTENTS Preface PART ONE: FUNCTION AND FORM Introduction Functions The Building Blocks of Language: Words, Word Classes and Phrases The Building Blocks of Language: Clauses and Sentences The Function-Form Interface PART TWO: ELABORATION Predicates, Arguments and Thematic Roles Cross-Categorial Generalisations: X'-Syntax More on Clauses Movement PART THREE: ARGUMENTATION Syntactic Argumentation Constituency: Movement and Substitution Constituency: Some Additional Tests Predicates and Arguments Revisited PART FOUR: APPLICATION Case Studies Glossary Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Grammars Bibliography Index