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Grammar and the Speaker

Meaningful units If you were asked what the meaningful units of language were called you would probably say ‘words’. Look at the words in the following utterances: Bill hit Bob Bob hit Bill Do the words mean…

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Grammatical Description

Grammatical description varies. Grammars can be descriptive, prescriptive or pedagogic. Speech therapists predominantly use a descriptive grammar but will adopt elements of pedagogic grammars when teaching clients.

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GRAMMAR

The grammar of a language is the set of subconscious rules we use to formulate phrases and longer speech utterances. This article defines several parts of grammar, including phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. It also introduces the concept of word classes. In doing so, it establishes the meaning of some key terms that allow us to share ideas about language and language disorder, and to talk about how human language works.

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