The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
Many children and adults experience significant breakdown in the use of
language. The resulting pragmatic disorders present a considerable barrier
to effective communication. This book is the first critical examination of
the current state of our knowledge of pragmatic disorders and provides a
comprehensive overview of the main concepts and theories in pragmatics. It
examines the full range of pragmatic disorders that occur in children and
adults and discusses how they are assessed and treated by clinicians.
Louise Cummings attempts to integrate the fields of pragmatics, language
pathology and cognitive science by examining the ways in which pragmatics
can make a useful contribution to debates about cognitive theories of
autism. The reader is encouraged to think in a critical fashion about how
clinicians, experimentalists and theorists deal with pragmatic issues.