Chapter 37. Sociophonetics and Clinical Linguistics

  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. Gerrard Docherty Professor1 and
  2. Ghada Khattab PhD lecturer2

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch37

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Docherty, G. and Khattab, G. (2008) Sociophonetics and Clinical Linguistics, 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.ch37

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 4

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Newcastle University, UK

  2. 2

    School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • sociophonetics and clinical linguistics;
  • sociophonetic variability;
  • focusing on individuals;
  • interpreting sociophonetic variability;
  • sociophonetic variability in multilingual contexts;
  • sociophonetic variability and clinical assessment;
  • working with multilingual speakers;
  • sociophonetic variation in clinical assessment and phonology itself


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Nature of Sociophonetic Variability

  • Focusing on Individuals

  • Interpreting Sociophonetic Variability

  • Sociophonetic Variability in Multilingual Contexts

  • Sociophonetic Variability and Clinical Assessment

  • Practical Solutions?

  • Prospects

  • References