Talk about goals for aphasia therapy: A systemic functional analysis

Ferguson, Alison, Worrall, Linda, Davidson, Bronwyn, Hersh, Deborah, Howe, Tami and Sherratt, Sue (2010) Talk about goals for aphasia therapy: A systemic functional analysis. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 1 1: 95-118. doi:10.1558/jircd.v1i1.95

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Author Ferguson, Alison
Worrall, Linda
Davidson, Bronwyn
Hersh, Deborah
Howe, Tami
Sherratt, Sue
Title Talk about goals for aphasia therapy: A systemic functional analysis
Journal name Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2040-5111
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1558/jircd.v1i1.95
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 95
End page 118
Total pages 24
Editor Jack S. Damico
Martin J. Ball
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Employing Systemic Functional Linguistics, this paper presents a critical discourse analysis of talk about goals for aphasia therapy by five people with aphasia, their five family members, and their eight treating speech-language pathologists. While speech-language pathologists talked explicitly about goals, people with aphasia and their family members talked about these implicitly. The further analysis of one set of participants found that the wife was observed to use very concrete, activity focused language, in contrast to the more abstract and technical language used by the speech-language pathologist. The language used by these participants indicated different ways of conceptualising goals for people with aphasia. The counterpoint available through this critical discourse analysis is suggested to offer useful reflection on talk in everyday clinical contexts, and to provide directions for further research.
©2010, Equinox Publishing
Keyword Aphasia
Critical discourse analysis
Systemic functional linguistics
Therapy goals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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