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Pragmatic Disorders

  • Examines pragmatic disorders in previously neglected populations (e.g. juvenile offenders, emotional and behavioural disorders, non-Alzheimer's dementias)

  • A comprehensive survey of the state of the art in clinical pragmatics

  • Argues for stronger links between clinical and theoretical research in the field


Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Louise Cummings
    Pages 1-30
  3. Louise Cummings
    Pages 31-65
  4. Louise Cummings
    Pages 95-128
  5. Louise Cummings
    Pages 129-152
  6. Louise Cummings
    Pages 177-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-255

About this book


This wide-ranging survey of the state of the art in clinical pragmatics includes an examination of pragmatic disorders in previously neglected populations such as juvenile offenders, children and adults with emotional and behavioural disorders, and adults with non-Alzheimer dementias. This book makes a significant contribution to the discussion of pragmatic disorders by exploring topics which have a fast-rising profile in the field. These topics include disorders in which there are both pragmatic and cognitive components, and studies of the complex impacts of pragmatic disorders such as mental health problems, educational disadvantage and social exclusion.  

This book also presents a critical evaluation of our current state of knowledge of pragmatic disorders. The author focuses on the lack of integration between theoretical and clinical branches of pragmatics and argues that the work of clinicians is all too often inadequately informed by theoretical frameworks. She attempts to bridge these gaps by pursuing a closer alliance of clinical and theoretical branches of pragmatics. It is claimed that this alliance represents the most promising route for the future development of the field. At once a yardstick measuring progress thus far in clinical pragmatics, and also a roadmap for future research development, this single-author volume defines where we have reached in the field, as well as where we have to go next.​


Autistic Spectrum Disorders Clinical Pragmatics Clinical Pragmatics and Schizophrenia Cognitive Pragmatics Communication disorders Dementia and Pragmatic Disorders Pragmatic Disorders Speech-Language Pathology/Therapy Theory of Mind

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatic Disorders
  • Authors Louise Cummings
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-7953-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0101-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-7954-9
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 255
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Speech Pathology
    Cognitive Psychology
    Philosophy, general
    Linguistics, general
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“Seeing that in recent years the field of clinical pragmatics has undergone significant changes as a healthy line of research within clinical language studies, Louise Cummings’s Pragmatic disorders is a timely and welcome contribution to the field. … Besides being a very informative volume, the book suggests points of departure for further research in the field. The book has indeed made the study of pragmatic disorders more innovative.” (Vahid Parvaresh, Intercultural Pragmatics, Vol. 13 (2), 2016)

“Pragmatic Disorders is a thought-provoking piece, which highlights new challenges for the field. … Cummings’s book is also intended as a balanced introduction to the theoretical and cognitive correlates of research in clinical pragmatics … . Pragmatic Disorders is an interesting source of data and ideas for researchers working in clinical and/or experimental pragmatics.” (Mikhail Kissine, Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 80, 2015)

“Louise Cummings integrates her knowledge of pragmatics with a clinical perspective; the result is an excellent survey of a relatively new interdisciplinary research area which is only just beginning to take shape. … readers eager to engage in more in-depth studies will find it useful to turn to research on grammatically coded pragmatic meanings as it is found in the linguistically oriented pragmatic literature, the richness of which prohibits its inclusion into a survey of this kind.” (Charlotte Petersen, Pragmatics and Society, Vol. 6 (2), 2015)