Brain Impairment


Everyday Talk: Its Role in Assessment and Treatment for Individuals With Aphasia

Elizabeth Armstronga1 c1 and Lynne Mortensena2

a1 Macquarie University, Australia.

a2 Macquarie University, Australia.


This article discusses the significance of conversation in current clinical practice with individuals with aphasia and their conversation partners. It explores the nature of everyday talk, and provides an overview of how studies to date have examined the conversations of individuals with aphasia and have provided some promising treatment avenues. It also proposes another framework, Speech Function Analysis, that may assist further in incorporating conversational principles into the therapy context. The framework provides a system network for examining speech functions in dialogue, while considering the effects of both lexical and syntactic limitations, and context. Examples of conversations between three individuals with aphasia and their partners are used to illustrate the analysis. The authors suggest that further knowledge of both aphasic speakers' and their partners' interactions as well as clinician–client interactions may increase our insights into this area, and make authentic and meaningful conversation more accessible in the clinical situation and beyond.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr E. Armstrong, Department of Linguistics, Building C5A, Macquarie University, North Ryde NSW 2109, Australia.