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Linguistics and Aphasia

Psycholinguistic and Pragmatic Aspects of Intervention, 1st Edition

By Ruth Lesser, Lesley Milroy


396 pages

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Linguistics and Aphasia is a major study of recent developments in applying psycholinguistics and pragmatics to the study of acquired language disorders (aphasia) and their remediation.

Psycholinguistic analyses of aphasia interpret disorders in terms of damaged modules and processes within what was once a normal language system. These analyses have progressed to the point that they now routinely provide a model-based rationalefor planning patient therapy. Through a series of case studies, the authors show how the psycholinguistic analysis of aphasia can be assessed for its effectiveness in clinical practice.

Pragmatic approaches to the study of aphasia are of more recent origin. Ruth Lesser and Lesley Milroy evaluate their considerable significance to the study of aphasia and their relevance to practical issues of diagnosis and treatment. Controversial analysis, in particular, offers a fruitful and productive framework within which to assess the functional adequacy of the language used by aphasic speakers in everyday contexts.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface

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Part I: Background

1. Introduction

2. Aphasia - the clinical background

Part II: Models and Methods

3. Applying linguistics in aphasia research and therapy

4. Psycholinguistic models, lexical processing

5. Psycholinguistic models, sentence processing

6. Pragmatics, theoretical issues

7. Coherence in discourse

8. The structure of conversation

9. Conversation as a collaborative achievement: some conversational management procedures

Part III: Implications and Applications

10. Applying psycholinguistics to intervention: some preliminary considerations

11. Applying psycholinguistics to intervention: some clinical studies

12. Applying pragmatics in intervention

13. Contrast and complement: some concluding remarks



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Language In Social Life

Language in Social Life is a major new series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions.

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