Chapter 1. Discourse Analysis and Communication Impairment

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President3,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President4,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller3 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President4
  1. Dr. Nicole Müller3,
  2. Jacqueline A. Guendouzi Associate Professor1 and
  3. Brent Wilson assistant professor2

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch1

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Müller, N., Guendouzi, J. A. and Wilson, B. (2008) Discourse Analysis and Communication Impairment, in The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics (eds M. J. Ball, M. R. Perkins, N. Müller and S. Howard), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 4

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA

  2. 2

    Radford University, Virginia, USA

  3. 3

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • pragmatics, discourse, and sociolinguistics;
  • applied clinical disciplines - borrowing theoretical constructs and methods of inquiry;
  • discourse analysis and communication impairment;
  • discourse processing - micro- and macrostructures;
  • prescriptive use of story grammar - assessment template producing bias against narratives;
  • critical approaches to discourse - investigating linguistic and non-linguistic social practices;
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Discursive Psychology (DP);
  • critical approaches to discourse and clinical research;
  • top-down frameworks with predetermined categories to bottom-up, emergentist methods as conversation analysis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Definitions and Conceptualizations of Discourse

  • Perspectives from Discourse Processing: Micro- and Macrostructures

  • Perspectives from Discourse Processing: Story Grammars

  • A Perspective from the Philosophy of Language: Speech Acts in Theory and Practice

  • Social and Cultural Discourses of Disorder and Impairment: Critical Approaches

  • Whither Clinical Discourse Analysis?

  • References