Discourse analysis encompasses a diversity of approaches which can be applied across disparate monolgues, interactions, settings, and populations. This special issue reflects this diversity in the qualitative and quantitative approaches to analysis employed, the range of discourse features addressed, and the variety of communicative interactions elicited and sampled. International contributors share their knowledgeof the analysis and treatment of communicative interactions as applied to people with aphasia, right hemisphere brain damage, head injury and the non-brain damged population. This issue presents an overview of contemporary research, clinical discourse analysis thinking, and future directions that theory development and empirical efforts might take.
Editorial: Disordered Communicative Interaction: Current and Future Approaches to Analysis and Treatment. M. Brady, L. Armstrong. Grammar Without Sentence Structure: A Conversation Analytic Investigation of Agrammatism. S.Beeke, R.Wilksinson, J. Maxim. Topic Generation in Aphasia Language Therapy Sessions: Issue of Identity. S. Horton. The Relationship Between Right Hemisphere Damage and Gesture in Spontaneous Discourse. N. Cocks, K. Hird, K. Kirsner. Right Brain Damage and the Verbal Expression of Emotion: A Preliminary Investigation. S. Sheratt. Picture Description in Neurologically Normal Adults: Concepts and Topic Coherence. C. MAckenzie, M.Brady, J. Norrie, N. Poedjianto. Transcription-less Analysis of Aphasic Discourse: A Clinician's Dream or a Possibility? L. Armstrong, M. Brady, C. Mackenzie, J. Norrie. Multi-level Discourse Analysis: A Feasible Approach. S. Sheratt. Decision Making and Somatic Markers in Conversation After Traumatic Brain Injury. R. Body