Describing the experience of aphasia rehabilitation through metaphor

Ferguson, Alison, Worrall, Linda, Davidson, Bronwyn, Hersh, Deborah, Howe, Tami and Sherratt, Sue (2010). Describing the experience of aphasia rehabilitation through metaphor. In: 39th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Keystone, CO, U.S.A., (685-696). 26-30 May, 2009. doi:10.1080/02687030903438508

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Author Ferguson, Alison
Worrall, Linda
Davidson, Bronwyn
Hersh, Deborah
Howe, Tami
Sherratt, Sue
Title of paper Describing the experience of aphasia rehabilitation through metaphor
Conference name 39th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference
Conference location Keystone, CO, U.S.A.
Conference dates 26-30 May, 2009
Journal name Aphasiology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, England
Publisher Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis Group
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/02687030903438508
ISSN 0268-7038
Volume 24
Issue 6-8
Start page 685
End page 696
Total pages 12
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Previous research into metaphoric expression has suggested that metaphor offers a window into intra-individual conceptions as well as into socio-cultural understandings of illness and recovery. This study explored how people with aphasia, their family members, and their speech-language pathologists described their experiences of rehabilitation through the linguistic resource of metaphor.

This study aimed to compare the perspectives of five people with aphasia, five of their family members, and their eight treating speech-language pathologists by analysing the way they used the linguistic resource of metaphor to describe their experience of aphasia therapy.

Methods & Procedures:

Interviews with five people with aphasia, five of their family members, and their eight speech-language pathologists were recorded, transcribed, and coded for metaphoric expressions and concepts.

Outcomes & Results:
Quantitatively across all participants, the metaphorical concepts of JOURNEY, BATTLE, and PRODUCT were the most frequently used metaphoric concepts expressed by the participants. Qualitatively within sets of participants, differences in the patterns of use of metaphoric concepts indicated important contrasts in the way they viewed their experiences.


The frequent use of JOURNEY metaphor accorded with previous research into recovery, while the identification of BATTLE and PRODUCT metaphor was suggested to point to critical sites reflecting social disempowerment. Attention to the use of metaphoric expression may offer clinicians a window into how others involved in the collaborative therapy process are constructing their experience. © 2010 Psychology Press.
Subjects 920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Keyword Aphasia
Discourse analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes A Special Issue of Aphasiology

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