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Aphasia: A societal and clinical appraisal of pragmatic and linguistic behaviours

Glenn M. Goldblum
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 32, No 1 | a328 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v32i1.328 | © 2019 Glenn M. Goldblum | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 November 2016 | Published: 31 December 1985

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Glenn M. Goldblum, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Pragmatic abilities of eleven aphasics classified into fluent and nonfluent groups were examined, and compared with global ratings of communicative adequacy. Further, subjects' pragmatic performance was compared with performance on two standardised linguistic measures. All subjects demonstrated high levels of appropriate pragmatic behaviours and were apparently resourceful in using the context, frequently facilitated by use of compensatory communicative strategies. Similar and different pragmatic deficits were noted for both groups. Regardless of classification and linguistic severity, subjects were less impaired on pragmatic compared to standardised linguistic measures. Implications were highlighted, emphasising the importance of pragmatics relative to other aspects of language function.

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