This book gives an account of developmental language impairment from the perspective of language evolution. Components of language acquisition and specific language impairments can be mapped to stages in the evolutionary trajectory of language. Lian argues that the learning of procedural skills by early ancestors has served as pre-adaptation of grammar. The evolutionary perspective gives rise to a re-evaluation of developmental impairment with respect to diagnostic terminology and methods of treatment.
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The author integrates, expands, and deepens his previous publications about irregular (or “metalinguistic”) negations. A total of ten distinct negatives―several previously unclassified―are analyzed. The logically irregular negations deny different implicatures of their root. All are partially non-compositional but completely conventional.
This book focuses on theoretical and descriptive issues and technique in the study of text and discourse. Drawing on a large number of corpora containing academic language, from spoken language to published research papers, the authors approach their subject from multiple angles: The academic language of biology, literature, philosophy, economics, agriculture, linguistics and applied linguistics. In the analysis of intertextual features these papers show leads to penetrating results.
This revised second edition is a comprehensive overview of why we speak the languages that we do. It covers language learning imposed by political and economic agendas as well as language choices entered into willingly for reasons of social mobility, economic advantage and group identity.