Interaction patterns of an adult with Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and an unknown conversational partner: a conversation-analytic study
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Despite the well researched cognitive and associated High Level Language deficits which can affect individuals diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), no researchers have directly studied everyday conversations in individuals with MS. Conversation Analysis (CA) has been demonstrated as a useful tool in communication disorders, providing novel insights into the relationship between language impairment and language use. Studies using CA have demonstrated that what may surface as pragmatically anomalous behaviour is actually the emergent consequence of underlying cognitive, linguistic and sensorimotor underpinnings. The present study aimed to explore the interaction patterns of an adult with Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis with an unknown conversational partner. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques, an analysis of the distribution of turns and use of self-repair is presented. The findings revealed the possible manifestations of an underlying cognitive-linguistic impairment on the MS individual’s interaction patterns, as well as the impact of the impact of the lack of shared knowledge between participants and individual discourse styles.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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