1st Edition

Clinical Applications of Linguistics to Speech-Language Pathology A Guide for Clinicians

Edited By Naomi Gurevich, Christopher Grindrod Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Clinical Applications of Linguistics to Speech-Language Pathology is a practical guide that provides linguistically grounded approaches to clinical practice. It introduces key linguistic disciplines and discusses how they form a basis for assessment and treatment of individuals with communication differences or disorders.

    Written by experts in linguistics and communication disorders, each chapter provides clinicians with a foundational understanding of linguistics as it applies to spoken and signed languages and underscores the importance of integrating linguistic theories into clinical decision-making. The book is divided into two parts that focus on the applications of linguistics to speech and language differences and disorders in both children and adults. The chapters cover the full range of linguistic domains including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Applications to a wide range of populations including childhood apraxia of speech, aphasia, dysarthria, traumatic brain injury and accent modification clients are also discussed. Many chapters include assessment and treatment resources that can be used by practicing clinicians.

    This highly accessible and comprehensive book is an indispensable resource for practicing speech-language pathologists and other members of the profession, including instructors with minimal exposure to linguistics. It will also be beneficial for students of Linguistics, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Audiology and Speech Language Pathology who are seeking practical knowledge of the fields.

    Part 1. Applications to Child Speech & Language Differences & Disorders

    Chapter 1: Phonetics & Phonology

    Beyond the phoneme

    Shelley L. Velleman & Claudia I. Abbiati (University of Vermont)

    Chapter 2: Morphosyntax

    Using linguistic theory to frame assessment and intervention of morphosyntactic skills in


    Stacy K. Betz (Purdue University Fort Wayne)

    Chapter 3: Prosody

    Acquisition of prosody and linguistically-based approaches to assessment and intervention

    Jill Thorson (University of New Hampshire)

    Chapter 4: Sociolinguistics

    Use of linguistic theory to inform the assessment and treatment of developmental language disorder within African American English

    Janna B. Oetting (Louisiana State University), Jessica R. Berry (South Carolina State University) & Kyomi D. Gregory-Martin (Pace University)

    Chapter 5: Sign Language

    Signed language structure and considerations for speech and language intervention with deaf children

    James McCann (Gallaudet University), Lauren Kelley (Houston Independent School District) & David Quinto-Pozos (University of Texas at Austin)

    Part 2. Applications to Adult Speech & Language Differences & Disorders

    Chapter 6: Phonetics & Phonology

    The phonetics and phonology of intelligibility: The functional importance to intelligibility

    of speech sounds

    Naomi Gurevich (Purdue University Fort Wayne) & Heejin Kim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Chapter 7: Morphosyntax

    Verb and sentence impairments in aphasia: Theory, assessment, and treatment

    Roelien Bastiaanse (Center for Language and Brain)

    Chapter 8: Semantics

    Contextual variability of word meaning: Implications for the treatment of acquired language disorders

    Christopher M. Grindrod (Purdue University Fort Wayne)

    Chapter 9: Pragmatics

    Linguistic discourse assessment methods in traumatic brain injury

    Shaun Stephens (University of Vermont), Carl Coelho (University of Connecticut) & Michael S. Cannizzaro (University of Vermont)

    Chapter 10: Prosody

    Prosody: Linguistic and clinical perspectives

    Jennifer Cole (Northwestern University), Allison Hilger (University of Colorado Boulder), & Shivani Patel (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford)

    Chapter 11: Sociolinguistics

    The linguistics of accentedness: How phonetics, phonology, and sociolinguistic considerations impact clinical intervention of accent modification

    Naomi Gurevich & Talia Bugel (Purdue University Fort Wayne)


    Naomi Gurevich, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. Her research interests combine her background in phonology with acquired language disorders. She has previously authored two books in these areas.

    Christopher M. Grindrod, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. His research focuses on investigating language impairments in aphasia, and cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain injury. He has published extensively in these areas for over 20 years.