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Title: When Language Breaks Down
Subtitle: Analysing Discourse in Clinical Contexts
Written By: Elissa D. Asp
Jessica de Villiers

Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often know what people with
Alzheimer's disease or Asperger's ‘sound like’ - that is they recognise
patterns in people's discourse, from sounds and silences, to words,
sentences and story structures. Such discourse patterns may inform their
clinical judgements and affect the decisions they make. However, this
knowledge is often tacit, like recognising a regional accent without
knowing how to describe its features. This is the first book to present
models for comprehensively describing discourse specifically in clinical
contexts and to illustrate models with detailed analyses of discourse
patterns associated with degenerative (Alzheimer's) and developmental
(autism spectrum) disorders. The book is aimed not only at advanced
students and researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, speech
pathology and clinical psychology but also at researchers, clinicians and
caregivers for whom explicit knowledge of discourse patterns might be helpful.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521889782
ISBN-13: 9780521889780
Prices: U.S. $ 110.00
U.K. £ 65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521718244
ISBN-13: 9780521718240
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511686665
Prices: U.S. $ 31.00