Pragmatics and Aphasia

Jaecks P, Hielscher-Fastabend M (2010)
Sprache-Stimme-Gehör 34(02): 58-62.

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Abstract
Patients with aphasia primarily show linguistic deficits but they also have pragmatic difficulties. Typical pragmatic challenges of aphasic patients are modified repair sequences, reduced cohesion and coherence, limited information content, unclear thematic structure and different adaptation processes in dialogue compared to healthy control subjects. In German there are 3 categories of diagnostic methods to assess pragmatic disorders in aphasic patients. First of all we use analyses of spoken language where the aphasic speech production is rated along a variety of parameters. Good examples are the Pragmatic Protocol [57] and the Assessment Protocol of Pragmatic Linguistic Skills - APPLS [56]. Questionnaires answered by patients, relatives or speech language pathologists often comparing actual with premorbid pragmatic competence present a second possibility. Finally, there are some test batteries that focus on pragmatic and/or communicative competence like the ANELT [66, 67] and the Right Hemisphere Language Battery [70]. It is difficult to find an appropriate evaluated pragmatic therapeutic program. Specific aspects of pragmatic behaviour are trained by specially developed material. Additionally, we will present the Speaking Out Program by Worrall and Yiu [74]. In conclusion, it is argued that aphasia and pragmatics should still be more connected. In the future we will more often need a pragmatic approach to aphasic disorders. In this context the differentiation between pragmatic and communicative deficits will be discussed. Communicative aspects will be of special importance with respect to functioning and participation in terms of the ICF.
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Jaecks P, Hielscher-Fastabend M. Pragmatics and Aphasia. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör. 2010;34(02):58-62.
Jaecks, P., & Hielscher-Fastabend, M. (2010). Pragmatics and Aphasia. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör, 34(02), 58-62.
Jaecks, P., and Hielscher-Fastabend, M. (2010). Pragmatics and Aphasia. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör 34, 58-62.
Jaecks, P., & Hielscher-Fastabend, M., 2010. Pragmatics and Aphasia. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör, 34(02), p 58-62.
P. Jaecks and M. Hielscher-Fastabend, “Pragmatics and Aphasia”, Sprache-Stimme-Gehör, vol. 34, 2010, pp. 58-62.
Jaecks, P., Hielscher-Fastabend, M.: Pragmatics and Aphasia. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör. 34, 58-62 (2010).
Jaecks, Petra, and Hielscher-Fastabend, Martina. “Pragmatics and Aphasia”. Sprache-Stimme-Gehör 34.02 (2010): 58-62.
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