Chapter 11. Formulaic Sequences and Language Disorder

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President2,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President3,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller2 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President3
  1. Alison Wray Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch11

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Wray, A. (2008) Formulaic Sequences and Language Disorder, 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.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • formulaic sequences and language disorder;
  • formulaic sequences in aphasia;
  • formulaic sequences in Alzheimer's disease;
  • formulaic sequences in autism;
  • holistic or global processing;
  • bilateral activity ensuring ‘semantic integration’' necessary for natural language comprehension;
  • testing linguistic knowledge;
  • formulaic sequences and why they are prominent in language disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Formulaic Sequences in Aphasia

  • Formulaic Sequences in Alzheimer's Disease

  • Formulaic Sequences in Autism

  • Holistic Processing, the Right Hemisphere and Interhemispheric Communication

  • Issues with Testing Methodology

  • Conclusion

  • References