Language and Communication Disorders as an Area of Study

  • Charlotte Marie Bisgaard KlemmensenEmail author


Traditionally, problems with language and communication have been approached through a discourse of disabledness or deficiency. In contract, this book explores and challenges this understanding, turning the spotlight on divergent discourses in current research in language and communication disorders (LCDs). Two cases are compared for this purpose: autism and aphasia. Studies in autism presuppose the mind to be an impersonal decoding machine. On the other hand, studies in aphasia presuppose the social to be the essence of human existence. In this view, co-construction of meaning and participation have replaced the individualist stance. In consequence, aphasia studies are enhancing a discourse of abledness while traditional autism studies are advocating a discourse of disabledness. Accordingly, explanation for the development in aphasia studies is sought.


Conditions for description Metaphorical terminology Ontology Clinical discourse Everyday discourse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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