Chapter 6. Conversation Analysis and Communication Disorders

  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. Ray Wilkinson senior lecturer

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch6

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Wilkinson, R. (2008) Conversation Analysis and Communication Disorders, 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.ch6

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 Human Communication Science, University College London, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • conversation analysis (CA) within field of communication disorders;
  • CA approach to analysis of linguistic and clinical linguistic phenomena;
  • organization of repair in talk in area of CA;
  • work on repair in normal talk for clinical linguistics;
  • aphasia - first communication disorder;
  • acquired communication disorders;
  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and voice output communication aids (VOCAs);
  • developmental communication disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Conversation Analysis

  • Acquired Communication Disorders

  • Developmental Communication Disorders

  • Conclusion

  • References