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When Language Breaks Down

Analysing Discourse in Clinical Contexts

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When Language Breaks Down by Elissa D. Asp
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Description

Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often know what people with Alzheimer's disease or Asperger's 'sound like' - that is they recognise patterns in people's discourse, from sounds and silences, to words, sentences and story structures. Such discourse patterns may inform their clinical judgements and affect the decisions they make. However, this knowledge is often tacit, like recognising a regional accent without knowing how to describe its features. This is the first book to present models for comprehensively describing discourse specifically in clinical contexts and to illustrate models with detailed analyses of discourse patterns associated with degenerative (Alzheimer's) and developmental (autism spectrum) disorders. The book is aimed not only at advanced students and researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, speech pathology and clinical psychology but also at researchers, clinicians and caregivers for whom explicit knowledge of discourse patterns might be helpful.

Author Biography

Elissa D. Asp is Associate Professor of English Linguistics in the English Department and Linguistics Coordinator of the Linguistics Program at Saint Mary's University. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. Jessica de Villiers is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
20 Tables, unspecified; 28 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
270
Dimensions
152x228x18
ISBN-13
9780521889780
Product ID
3820529

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