ERIC Number: ED350825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Clinical Linguistics--Retrospect and Prospect.
In the past 20 years, linguistics has gained a prominent position in speech and language pathology in Britain, evolving into a new field, clinical linguistics. It includes three related areas of activity: training of speech pathologists/therapists; professional practice; and research. Linguistics and speech/language pathology have developed as parallel but separate disciplines, with the relationship not acknowledged until recently. Most therapists training in the 1960s and practicing into the 1970s had little exposure to linguistics. The penetration of linguistics into speech/language pathology education and later, clinical practice began in earnest only in the early 1970s. The impetus for this development can be attributed to a 1972 report on and recommendations for speech therapy services. Interest in linguistics for professional purposes began with pronunciation and proceeded to grammar, language functions, communication, discourse, and then pragmatics. Major areas of research in clinical linguistics include grammatical assessment, discourse, phonological therapy, and applications of information technology. Clinical linguistics should aim to fill the needs of clinicians and researchers, be theoretically eclectic, produce assessment procedures that give insight into the nature of speech/language disorders, and suggest therapeutic procedures. A 23-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Clinical Linguistics; Great Britain
Note: In: Grunwell, Pamela, Ed. Applied Linguistics in Society. Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (20th, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, September 1987. British Studies in Applied Linguistics, 3; see FL 020 520.