Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stuart Watson,
Professor Douglas Turkington,
Emeritus Professor Nicol Ferrier
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Emerging linguistic evidence points at disordered language behavior as a defining characteristic of schizophrenia. In this article, we review this literature and demonstrate how a framework focusing on two core functions of language-reference and propositional meaning-can conceptualize schizophrenic symptoms, identify important variables for risk assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, and inform cognitive behavioral therapy and other remedial approaches. We introduce the linguistic phenomena of deictic anchoring and propositional complexity, explain how they relate to schizophrenic symptoms, and show how they can be tracked in language behavior.
Author(s): Zimmerer VC, Watson S, Turkington D, Ferrier IN, Hinzen W
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Online publication date: 10/02/2017
Acceptance date: 23/01/2017
Date deposited: 30/03/2017
ISSN (print): 1664-0640
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
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