1994 issue 3

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Volume 3, issue 3

Zagadnienia neuropsychologii

Psycholinguistic analysis of discourse processes as applied to therapy in cognitive neuropsychology

EMILIA OSIEJUK1
1. Zakładu Neuropsychologii Klinicznej Wydziału Psychologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego i z Poradni dla Chorych z Afazją CSK Akademii Medycznej w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1994, 3, 251-258
Keywords: neuropsychological therapy, aphasia, discourse, communicative skills

Abstract

The paper presents the contribution of psycholinguistic methods of discourse analysis to the development of neuropsychological therapy of speech disorders, mostly aphasia, resulting from brain damage. The contribution was most noteworthy in the so-called pragmatic therapy aimed mainly at an improvement of the patient's communication (message reception and production), irrespectively of linguistic correctness of his utterances. The author outlined the rationale and examples of clinical work in two approaches of pragmatic therapy, directed at (1) development of the patient's abilities regarding discourse structures, and (2) improvement of his communication skills.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Emilia Osiejuk,
Wydział Psychologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego,
ul. Stawki 5/7,
00-183 Warszawa.