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Conversation analysis of communication breakdown after closed head injury

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Nick Miller


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This single case study investigated the use of Conversation Analysis (CA) in assessing pragmatic language difficulties after closed head injury (CHI). The aim ws to see if CA captures the types of communication breakdown observed after CHI and whether results from CA can he directly related to scores on formal tests more typically applied after CHI. The results suggested that CA was a sensitive tool for identifying and investigating pragmatic deficits in this case. It facilitated all exploration of whether language impairments identified on formal tests manifest themselves in functional communication; it revealed how different interlocutors adapt to these language difficulties in conversation and also explained why some conversational partners were more successful than others. Considered together, formal test results and CA insights facilitated an in-depth analysis into the precise nature of the communicative impairments of the speaker in this exploratory study, suggesting that CA is a promising approach to the assessment of pragmatic impairments in the CHI population.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Friedland D, Miller N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Brain Injury

Year: 1998

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-14

Print publication date: 01/01/1998

ISSN (print): 0269-9052

ISSN (electronic): 1362-301X

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/026990598122818

PubMed id: 9483333


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