Chapter 13. Morphology and Language Disorder

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President2,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President3,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller2 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President3
  1. Martina Penke Professor member

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch13

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Penke, M. (2008) Morphology and Language Disorder, in The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics (eds M. J. Ball, M. R. Perkins, N. Müller and S. Howard), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Ghent, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • morphology - concerned with structure of words;
  • morphology and language disorder;
  • investigating language disorders across languages;
  • inflection encodes information on morphosyntactic categories - TENSE, ASPECT, NUMBER, GENDER, and CASE;
  • morphosyntactic specifications and markedness;
  • accounting for deficits;
  • inflectional morphology and language disorder impairment;
  • morphological theory role in investigation of inflectional deficits


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Factors Influencing Errors with Inflectional Morphology

  • Accounting for the Deficits

  • The Relevance of Inflectional Disorders for Linguistic Theory

  • Conclusion

  • References