Grammar Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists: Steps to Analyzing Complex Syntax

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Marilyn A. Nippold

Details: 251 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-393-7

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Having a strong grasp of English grammar and its intricacies is vital for speech-language pathologists. Grammar Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists: Steps to Analyzing Complex Syntax provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and clear workbook for analyzing the structural foundation of language. The text covers parts of speech (word types), morphemes, phrases, clauses, and simple and complex sentences. Each topic begins with a clear definition, followed by multiple examples and exercises to gain a thorough understanding of how to identify the unit and how it functions in spoken and written communication.

With 40+ years of experience in teaching, research, and writing, Dr. Marilyn A. Nippold has assembled the aspects of grammar that students are most likely to find challenging when working with children, adolescents, and adults. This guide also offers current methods of language assessment and intervention, and case studies of speakers of African American English and Mainstream American English whose language samples provide evidence of strong, weak, or disordered language development.

Key Features

  • Clear and explicit exercises cover each aspect of grammar with answer keys 
  • Step-by-step explanation of key aspects of grammar, leading up to complex syntax
  • Relevant definitions and examples of each aspect of grammar
  • Useful supplemental text for courses on language development or language disorders, and includes online quizzes and PowerPoint slides for instructors


"A workbook from this experienced author is beneficial to students in speech-language pathology programs and seasoned SLPs who may need additional resources to adequately analyze language samples. Frequently, students' competencies with language samples stop at the ability to analyze mean length of utterance (MLU), and this does not allow for the analysis of complex language. As a professor teaching a course on childhood language and literacy disorders, I have found this resource to be an asset to my students and have used it in both our lectures and skills lab."
Yvana Uranga-Hernandez, PhD, CCC-SLP (Biola University) in Doody's Reviews (February 2024)


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. What is Complex Syntax?

Chapter 3. Development of Complex Syntax

Chapter 4. Words: Part I

Chapter 5. Words: Part II

Chapter 6. Morphemes

Chapter 7. Phrases

Chapter 8. Clauses

Chapter 9. Types of Sentences

Chapter 10. Analyzing Complex Syntax: Clinical Applications - Marilyn A. Nippold and Valencia C. Perry

Supplementary Exercises: Analyzing Complex Syntax

Answer Key


Marilyn A. Nippold

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of communication disorders and sciences at the University of Oregon where she has worked since 1982, teaching and conducting research in later language development, literacy, language disorders, stuttering, and critical thinking. Professor Nippold is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was awarded ASHA Honors in 2015. She received the Editor’s Award for articles published in ASHA journals in 1983 and 2001, and the Outstanding Publications Award from the Division of Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) in 2009. She has published ten books, more than 140 journal articles and book chapters, and has served as editor-in-chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2010–2015). A philosopher, scholar, and truth-seeker, Professor Nippold received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles; her master’s degree in communicative disorders from California State University Long Beach; and her doctorate in speech-language-hearing sciences from Purdue University. A licensed speech-language pathologist, she is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences.

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