Grammatical and Semantic Analysis Workshop, 13th November 2012

Grammatical and Semantic Analysis Workshop


Improve your grammatical and semantic analysis skills! Do you have trouble telling a clause from a phrase, or a preposition from a conjunction? Or do you have difficulties describing how a client uses language to express meaning configurations? Then a refresher workshop in grammatical and semantic analysis will help! SLTs dealing with any type of language disorder (developmental or acquired) need to be able to provide an accurate and comprehensive description of the client’s language abilities and to relate them to expected norms.  So NUI Galway have arranged a half-day refresher course for SLTs who would like to have a general refresher of skills, or who would like to consider particular issues in grammatical and semantic analysis.


Martin J. Ball was professor at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown until 2000, when he took up the position of Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is founder editor of the Journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, and former President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. He has recently co-edited a book with David Crystal and Paul Fletcher (emeritus at UC Cork) on Assessing Grammar: the Languages of LARSP (2012, Multilingual Matters).

Nicole Müller holds a Hawthorne Endowed Professorship at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a former student of NUIG, and did postdoctoral research at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, before moving into clinical linguistics and phonetics. She is co-editor of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics; among her research interests are communication and interaction in dementia and other neurogenic conditions, and bilingualism.

Copious examples will be used, and participants are encouraged to bring their own transcripts (English or Irish), which can be worked through. Copies of the English and Irish LARSP assessment charts will be provided, or can be downloaded by participants beforehand at . We will also review semantic analyses related to participant (semantic, or thematic) roles, and how the semantics of participant roles relates to syntactic/grammatical structure.

Topics to be covered include:

·         What aspects of language are covered by grammatical analysis?


·         Different approaches to syntactic theory – and what SLTs need to be able to do


·         What’s the difference between the word level, the phrase level, and the clause level?


·         What is recursion, and what’s the difference between coordination and subordination?


·         A clause being part of another clause: subordination at the clause level


·         A clause being part of a phrase: subordination as postmodification


·         How grammatical analysis reflects developmental progress: the LARSP profile


·         Grammar: sentence structure and semantic configurations


·         Thematic roles and argument structure



To register for this event, please click here.

Please Note:  This workshop is restricted to 50 attendees and there will be no refunds for cancellations after Friday, 2nd November, 2012