Sociolinguistics and Aphasia

Allan F. Burns, Lee Xenakis Blonder, Kenneth M. Heilman

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Neurolinguistic studies of language processing in aphasic patients have traditionally analyzed phonology, syntax, and lexico‐semantics. We report, using home interviews as a major source of speech data, preliminary sociolinguistic observations of conversations between aphasic patients, their spouses, and an investigator. Examination of illocutionary force, the conversational strategies used to maintain discourse, and the cultural integration of speech deficits shows that sociolinguistic fluency may be obtained in spite of phonological, lexico‐semantic, and/or syntactic dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Linguistic Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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