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Understanding Everyday Communicative Interactions
Introduction to Situated Discourse Analysis for Communication Sciences and Disorders

ISBN 9780367472023
Published April 14, 2020 by Routledge
240 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Everyday Communicative Interactions is a unique text that uses a situated discourse analysis (SDA) framework to examine basic human communication and the interactions of those with communicative disorders in everyday and clinical settings.

The book introduces SDA as a theoretical and empirical approach for examining the complexities of communicative interaction. It explores how people collaborate in everyday contexts to communicate successfully and how they learn to do so. From close analysis of a pretend game played by two children and their father to an observation of a man with aphasia and his family at a football match, the present volume offers rich portraits of communicative lives and illustrates the applications of SDA. The final part of the book uses SDA methods to demonstrate how clinicians can function as communication partners even during assessments and can design rich communicative environments for therapeutic interventions.

In explaining the SDA framework and equipping readers with the tools to understand the nature of human communication, this sophisticated and engaging book will be an essential reference for students, researchers, and clinicians in communication sciences and disorders.

Table of Contents



Part One—Using situated discourse analysis (SDA) to understand everyday communicative interactions

Chapter 1: Exploring everyday communicative interactions

Chapter 2: Defining success in everyday communicative interactions

Chapter 3: Situated learning and everyday communicative interactions


Part Two—Understanding communication disorders in everyday interactions

Chapter 4: Situating communication disorders in everyday communicative interactions

Chapter 5: Recognizing interactional success with communication disorders

Chapter 6: Tracing diverse patterns of learning


Part Three —Using situated discourse analysis to understand and design clinical practice

Chapter 7: Situating clinical practice and clinical discourse

Chapter 8: Clinicians as communication partners supporting success

Chapter 9: Designing rich communicative environments in clinical spaces

Postscript: Clinical, research, and disciplinary implications



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Julie A. Hengst is Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in hospitals, supervised student clinicians, and researched everyday communication in order to reshape clinical practice. She is the Co-editor of Exploring Semiotic Remediation as Discourse Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and has published in varied journals.


"Everyday communication is the cornerstone of research and clinical care across a number of disciplines (e.g., communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience). Yet, paradoxically, training in these fields largely focuses on the deconstructed and decontextualized building blocks of communication (phonetics, syntax, discourse) with little consideration of how individuals weave this knowledge together across time, place, and communicative partners in everyday interactions. Hengst’s Understanding Everyday Communicative Interactions fills a critical gap in the multidisciplinary training of future researchers and clinicians offering a rich theoretical framework and a practical set of tools and methods for observing, analyzing, and improving everyday communication across a range of settings and populations." - Melissa C. Duff, PhD, CCC-SLP, Vanderbilt University, USA

"This forward-thinking volume represents a major theoretical, methodological, and clinical leap forward for the field of CSD. The robust conceptual framework Hengst develops, situated discourse analysis, is astutely illustrated through case studies and innovative interventions that will greatly benefit clinicians, researchers, and ultimately, clients and their families." - Steven L. Thorne, PhD, Portland State University, USA, & University of Groningen, Netherlands

"In this beautifully written book, Hengst brings situated discourse analysis to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. By recognizing communication as a distributed accomplishment, which involves not just language, but all semiotic resources, the author presents an innovative lens for understanding where communication disorders reside, their dynamics, and how one might address them. Drawing on rich and relatable examples, she makes complex theoretical concepts and intricate analyses accessible and relevant. This book is a pleasure to read, and will benefit SLPs, teachers, and others who interact with and wishes to support someone identified with a communication disorder." - Michiko Hikida, The Ohio State University, USA