Grammar is the topic of discussion in episode 30 of The Speech Space podcast. Specifically, this episode covers syntax. I’ve had a lot of SLPs reach out to me and indicate that this is an area in which they’re not entirely comfortable working with. I think that is in part because when we are in grad school, we learn sooo much and we aren’t necessarily given a systematic way in which we approach intervention for syntactic skills. I also think that some of us might get a bit rusty on some of our ELA skills as well. Regardless, it’s necessary for us to have a really good understanding of syntactic elements of language before we can be comfortable assessing or treating this area. So, in this episode, we start there and discuss the basics.
Since I cover a lot of ground in this episode, I’ve also created a handout for you that summarizes the content reviewed in this podcast. That way, you can focus on listening to the podcast and don’t need to worry about taking notes. You can access that handout here.
There are 8 parts of speech:
Now that we’ve gone through our parts of speech, let’s take a look at how we combine the parts of speech.
- Phrases are groups of related words that don’t contain both a subject and predicate. These are:
- Noun phrases
- Verb phrases
- Prepositional phrases
- Adjective phrases
- Clauses are groups of related words that have both a subject and a predicate and there are two types:
- Dependent clause, also known as the subordinate clause.
- The main clause, also known as the independent clause.
Stay tuned for part two in next week’s podcast where we continue talking about grammar.
- Shipley, K. G., & McAfee, J. G. (2016). Assessment in speech-language pathology: a resource manual. Australia: Cengage Learning.