Semin Speech Lang 2007; 28(2): 111-121
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-970569
Copyright © 2007 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Cognitive Pragmatics of Language Disorders in Adults

G. Albyn Davis1
  • 1University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
10 April 2007 (online)


Cognitive pragmatics is the study of the mental structures and processes involved in the use of language in communicative contexts. Paradigms of cognitive psychology (off-line and on-line) have been applied to the study of the abilities to go beyond the literal (inference) and derive meaning in relation to context (e.g., metaphor and sarcasm). These pragmatic functions have been examined for the involvement of processes of meaning activation, embellishment, and revision. Clinical investigators have explored abilities and deficits in acquired aphasia, right hemisphere dysfunction, and closed head injury. This article reviews and provides some analysis of clinical studies that are consistent with the themes constituting cognitive pragmatics.


G. Albyn Davis

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