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Atypical Interaction

The Impact of Communicative Impairments within Everyday Talk

  • Ray Wilkinson
  • John P. Rae
  • Gitte Rasmussen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ray Wilkinson, John P. Rae, Gitte Rasmussen
    Pages 1-36
  3. The Impact of Cognitive Impairments Within Social Interaction

  4. The Impact of Language Impairments Within Social Interaction

  5. The Impact of Fluency Impairments Within Social Interaction

  6. The Impact of Speech Impairments and Hearing Impairments Within Social Interaction

About this book


Atypical Interaction presents a state-of-the-art overview of research which uses conversation analysis to explore how communicative impairments impact on conversation and other forms of talk and social interaction. Although the majority of people use spoken language unproblematically in social interaction, many individuals have an atypical capacity for communication. The first collection of its kind, this book examines a wide range of conditions where the communication of children or adults is atypical, including autism spectrum disorder, dementia, stammering, hearing impairment, schizophrenia, dysarthria and aphasia. By analyzing recordings of real-life interactions, the collection highlights not only the communication difficulties and challenges faced by atypical communicators and their interlocutors in everyday life, but also the competences and often novel forms of communication displayed. 

With fourteen empirical chapters from leading scholars in the field and an introductory chapter which provides a background to conversation analysis and its application to the study of atypical interactions, the collection will be an invaluable resource for students, practitioners such as speech and language therapists, and researchers with an interest in human communication, communication diversity and disorder.


communication impairment aphasia stammering hearing impairment deafness dysarthria speech disorder augmentative communication augmentative and alternative communication developmental language disorder dementia autism schizophrenia learning difficulties Conversation Analysis cognitive disorders language disorders fluency disorders sensorimotor disorders clinical linguistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ray Wilkinson
    • 1
  • John P. Rae
    • 2
  • Gitte Rasmussen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Communication SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Language and CommunicationUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

About the editors

Ray Wilkinson is Professor of Human Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has a clinical background in speech and language therapy. His research interests focus on everyday social interaction, in particular where participants do not have the communicative resources available to neurotypical adult native language speakers. 

John P. Rae is Reader in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton, UK. He has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and a PhD in Psychology, both from the University of Leeds. He is interested in how people use talk and visible action in social interaction. 

Gitte Rasmussen is Professor of Social Interaction in the Department of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research interests concern how people organize social activities and interactions and how they design their talk and visual actions in accordance with their assumptions about each other’s knowledge.

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