Chapter 5. Pragmatic Impairment as an Emergent Phenomenon

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President1,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President2,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller1 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President2
  1. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch5

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Perkins, M. R. (2008) Pragmatic Impairment as an Emergent Phenomenon, 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.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007

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Keywords:

  • pragmatic impairment as emergent phenomenon;
  • emergentist model of pragmatic ability and disability;
  • inability to ‘read’ others' minds - an impaired ‘theory of mind’ (ToM);
  • linguistic decoding ability - significant role in pragmatic processing;
  • semiotic, cognitive and sensorimotor elements of pragmatics;
  • aphasic agrammatism and specific language impairment (SLI) - direct consequence of damage to grammar ‘module’;
  • emergentist model - implications for mainstream pragmatics and pragmatic theory

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • An Emergentist Model of Pragmatic Ability and Disability

  • Compensatory Adaptation

  • Clinical and Theoretical Implications of an Emergentist Model of Pragmatics

  • References