Systemic functional linguistics and clinical linguistics

Authored by: Alison Ferguson , Elizabeth Spencer , Elizabeth Armstrong

The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415748407
eBook ISBN: 9781315413891
Adobe ISBN: 9781315413884

10.4324/9781315413891.ch30

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Abstract

Clinical linguistics has been described as ‘[t]he application of linguistic theories, methods and descriptive findings to the analysis of medical conditions or settings involving a disorder (or pathology) of language’ (Crystal 2008: 80). This chapter first briefly describes the ways in which systemic functional linguistics (SFL) has been applied to various types of communication disorder, before going on to present a comparative critique of the contribution that SFL has made to understanding the nature of these disorders. The chapter then presents a critical comparative appraisal of current and potential application of SFL to intervention for communication disorders, and describes how the study of clinical conditions has challenged and informed the SFL approach.

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