Minimum of English Grammar Volume I is divided into three sections:
- Section I begins by analyzing the segments of language in a systematic way, recognizing both lexical and functional categorization. It addresses part of speech, movement and constituency and common grammatical errors.
- Section II covers general questions surrounding linguistic phenomena. Particular attention is given to how a feature driven account can assist in understanding specific language disorders and historical language change. This section of the text includes a stand-alone chapter on the nature of child language acquisition.
- Section III is devoted to phonology, and the (American) English International Phonetic Alphabet. It includes anecdotal evidence calling for a dual mechanism model of phonological representation. The final chapter discusses the use of tree diagramming in phonology
Minimum of English Grammar Volume I is an excellent introductory text for students of linguistics, syntax and morphology.
Joseph Galasso is on both the English and Linguistics Faculty at California State University, Northridge and serves as an Adjunct Faculty of Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach. He has written one book on Child Language Acquisition, The Acquisition of Functional Categories (IULC Publications, 2003) and has written several papers on topics related to early child syntax. He is often invited to lecture as well as to edit chapters of textbooks related to linguistics and child language acquisition. Joseph Galasso holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Essex (1999).
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