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Schizophrenic Speech
Making Sense of Bathroots and Ponds that Fall in Doorways

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009058

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  • This book reviews our knowledge of the incoherent speech which can present as a symptom of schizophrenia. This is one of the most researched symptoms in the disorder. The content covers clinical presentation, differential diagnosis and the theories proposed to account for the symptom in these 'thought disordered' patients, ranging from the psychoanalytic to there being a form of aphasia involved. The book is unique in its ability to apply linguistic and neuropsychological approaches to the understanding of this condition, and is the first book to cover comprehensively the range of clinical studies that followed the introduction of Andreasen's rating scale for what was then called thought, language and communication disorder. This book is essential reading for all those working in the field of schizophrenia and also for those interested in language and disorders of speech.

    • First book on the topic to feature collaboration between a psychiatrist and a linguist
    • Up-to-date account of the neuropsychology of schizophrenia
    • Accessible to non-specialists, including those without linguistic knowledge
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… as the first book on its subject in more than a decade, and perhaps the first ever that comprehensively reviews prior work, Schizophrenic Speech fills a major gap.' Psychological Medicine

    Review of the hardback: '… this book is an informative, easy to read reference for people in the field of psychiatry and psychology who want a quick tour of thought disorder from the conceptual to the theoretical framework.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009058
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Describing schizophrenic speech
    2. Thought disorder as a syndrome in schizophrenia
    3. The differential diagnosis of thought disorder
    4. Thought disorder as a form of dysphasia
    5. Thought disorder and communicative competence
    6. Thought disorder as a dysexecutive phenomenon
    7. The dyssemantic hypothesis of thought disorder
    8. Some conclusions and a few speculations.

  • Authors

    Peter J. McKenna, University of Glasgow
    Peter McKenna is a psychiatrist with a special interest in schizophrenia. He has written one previous book on the subject and has carried out research, principally on the neuropsychology of the disorder.

    Tomasina M. Oh, University of Singapore
    Tomasina Oh strayed into the area of schizophrenic thought disorder during her PhD. A linguist by training, she is interested in language impairment, as well as the relationship between language and cognition.

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