Meaning—Towards a Person-Centered Approach

  • Charlotte Marie Bisgaard KlemmensenEmail author


Traditionally, a cognitive model has been applied to assess clinical descriptions of output deficiencies in language disorders. On the other hand, the analytical basis of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis has contributed immensely to investigating shared understanding in social interaction, which has demonstrated the abledness of persons with language disorders refutably. This chapter suggests a new person-centered participant’s perspective partially derived from ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. However, an integrational linguistic approach is missing in language and communication disorders. Approaching the topic of meaning-making practices in an integrational perspective, the author emphasizes the unique contextualization of lived language disorders with reference to a number of written accounts on lived disorders. Agreements and divergences between approaches are discussed.


Person-centeredness Meaning-making Contextualization Agency 


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  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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