Chapter 4. Neuropragmatics

  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. Brigitte Stemmer PhD postdoctoral physician clinical researcher Research Chair

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch4

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Stemmer, B. (2008) Neuropragmatics, 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.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Montreal, Canada

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • study of pragmatics and long tradition in philosophy and linguistics;
  • damage to right hemisphere (RHD) and communication problems;
  • language problems in left-hemisphere damage and communication problems in right-hemisphere damage;
  • neuropragmatics and clinical populations;
  • pragmatic abilities in RHD patients;
  • traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Williams syndrome (WS) and Down syndrome (DS) patients;
  • cognitive functions and aspects of pragmatics;
  • pragmatic behavior and brain


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Neuropragmatics and Clinical Populations

  • Explaining Pragmatic Impairments in RHD Patients

  • Cognitive Functions and Aspects of Pragmatics

  • Pragmatic Behavior and the Brain

  • References