An Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy (Print & Digital)

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Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy is written for Australian and New Zealand students studying education, speech pathology and linguistics, fields with a strong focus on communication.

Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195527926 Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: EnglishLiteracyProfessional Learning

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Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy is written for Australian and New Zealand students studying education, speech pathology and linguistics, fields with a strong focus on communication. This book provides readers with a theoretical understanding of speech, language and literacy acquisition, and the ability to apply this understanding to individuals of different ages and developmental stages, including those who are developing typically and those with speech, language and literacy difficulties (e.g. as a result of structural or functional impairments such as hearing loss, social–pragmatic difficulties such as autism, or acquired conditions such as aphasia after a stroke). Throughout, indigenous people and languages of Australia and New Zealand are included, as well as people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy uses a lifespan approach to consider communication skills from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. Typical acquisition is described throughout the book and many chapters provide tables of typical milestones or developmental sequences. Readers are provided with descriptions of difficulties people may have acquiring speech, language and literacy skills, and strategies are provided for educators, speech pathologists and linguists to support speech, language and literacy.

The broader audience for this book includes professionals in education, speech pathology and linguistics, as well as professionals and students in: child development, psychology, phonetics, English as a foreign language, early childhood, inclusive/special education, deaf or hard of hearing, audiology and learning disabilities.

Key Features

  • Interactive ebook includes 10 video case studies – showing Australian children (aged 2, 4, 5 and 7), university students, and a retired teacher. Readers are encouraged to use the videos as real life examples of the content within the chapters. The look and learn video activities at the end of most chapters enables application and consolidation of knowledge.
  • Case studies – the authors draw on their professional practice to describe other cases that are illustrative of the chapter content and its real-world application.
  • Each chapter summary includes key messages for educators, speech pathologists, and linguists to show how the content is relevant for each profession.
  • At the end of each chapter challenge readers to recall and apply what they have learned. The critical reflections can be used to facilitate discussions in tutorial groups and workshops and have been designed to have constructive alignment with the objectives of the chapter.
  • Features the The International Phonetic Alphabet (revised to 2005) and the Australian and New Zealand English consonants, vowels and illustrative words for quick reference.


  • Preface
  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements

Part 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 1: What is Speech, Language, and Literacy? - Sharynne McLeod and Jane McCormack
  • Chapter 2: Sociolinguistic Environments of Speech, Language, and Literacy - Catherine Easton and Jane McCormack

Part 2: Speech

  • Chapter 3: Phonetics - Felicity Cox and Sharynne McLeod
  • Chapter 4: Phonology - Sarah Masso and Elise Baker

Part 3: Language

  • Chapter 5: Semantics - Natalie Munro and Karla McGregor
  • Chapter 6: Morphology - Katherine Demuth, Kelly Miles, Sithembinkosi Dube, and Ekaterina Tomas
  • Chapter 7: Syntax - Rosalind Thornton
  • Chapter 8: Discourse and Pragmatics - Alison Ferguson and Elizabeth Spencer

Part 4: Literacy

  • Chapter 9: Reading - Sarah H. McDonagh
  • Chapter 10: Writing - Noella M. Mackenzie and Janet Scull

Part 5: Foundations for Speech, Language, and Literacy

  • Chapter 11: Cognitive Basis for Speech, Language, and Literacy - Karen Smith-Lock and Lyndsey Nickels
  • Chapter 12: Neurobiological Basis for Speech, Language, and Literacy - Angela Morgan and Frédérique J. Liégeois

Part 6: Speech, Language, and Literacy in Context

  • Chapter 13: Interaction between Speech, Language, and Literacy - Suze Leitão


  • Video Transcripts
  • Glossary
  • Index
ISBN 9780195527926
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Teacher Resources,
Author(s) Sharynne McLeod. Jane McCormack

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