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Clinical Pragmatics

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  • Many children and adults experience significant breakdown in the use of language. The resulting pragmatic disorders present a considerable barrier to effective communication. This book is the first critical examination of the current state of our knowledge of pragmatic disorders and provides a comprehensive overview of the main concepts and theories in pragmatics. It examines the full range of pragmatic disorders that occur in children and adults and discusses how they are assessed and treated by clinicians. Louise Cummings attempts to integrate the fields of pragmatics, language pathology and cognitive science by examining the ways in which pragmatics can make a useful contribution to debates about cognitive theories of autism. The reader is encouraged to think in a critical fashion about how clinicians, experimentalists and theorists deal with pragmatic issues.

    • Examines pragmatic disorders in both children and adults ď developmental and acquired disorders
    • Provides a comprehensive overview of the main concepts and theories in pragmatics
    • Medical and other terminology is clarified in extensive notes at the end of each chapter
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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511537257
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Clinical pragmatics: theory and practice
    2. A survey of developmental pragmatic disorders
    3. A survey of acquired pragmatic disorders
    4. The contribution of pragmatics to cognitive theories of autism
    5. The cognitive substrates of acquired pragmatic disorders
    6. The assessment and treatment of pragmatic disorders
    7. A critical evaluation of pragmatic assessment and treatment techniques.

  • Author

    Louise Cummings, Nottingham Trent University
    Louise Cummings is Reader in Linguistics in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University.

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