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How and why linguistics matters

The fastest results are by what happens in the child’s mind

For your child

Clinical linguistics

Three questions

Being special

Keeping a diary of your child learning to talk

Linguistic facts

What is the best way of looking at them?

One human language

A uniqueness

The awesome foursome

Taking cues from children



Four clever letters

A lost insight from antiquity

Sounds and bits of sounds

The airstream and other details

The Sound Pattern of English

From features to phonemes

Possible structures

Sounds, syllables, words


The clinic

A problem saying S and Z

Sometimes known as ‘lisping’


The co-occurrence of dyslexia, metalinguistic defects, and speech and language disorders

Childhood Apraxia of Speech’

A poverty of definition

Patterns in ‘processes’

Some things that go wrong


The first language?

The experience of success

Guiding the growth of understanding



The tragedy of English spelling

Root and branch reform or adaptation?



What makes us human

One biological architecture


Putting contrasts together

Doing things with words

Making things fit


Two advantages of Phase in speech


Some shenanigans?

The myth of Pygmalion

A question about autism

Missing a step or a mis-step?