Chapter 2. Conversational Implicature and Communication Impairment

  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. Elisabeth Ahlsén Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch2

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Ahlsén, E. (2008) Conversational Implicature 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.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Linguistics, SSKKII Center for Cognitive Science, Göteborg University, Sweden

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • notion of conversational implicature - ‘Logic in Conversation’;
  • conversational implicature and clinical linguistics;
  • conversational implicature in pragmatics;
  • conversational implicature and effects of communication disorders;
  • cognitive cooperation and ethical consideration;
  • three types of disorders affecting conversational implicature use;
  • cooperation - cognitive and ethical consideration;
  • clinical linguistic influence on general linguistics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is Conversational Implicature?

  • Conversational Implicature and Clinical Linguistics

  • Communication Impairment and Conversational Implicature: Types and Examples

  • Cooperation: Cognitive and Ethical Consideration

  • Influence of Clinical Linguistics on General Linguistics

  • References