A comparison of the interactions of a person with aphasia with a familiar and unfamiliar conversation partner: a conversation analytic study.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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A conversation analytic study of an individual with aphasia interacting with a familiar conversation partner (his wife) and an unfamiliar conversation partner (support group volunteer) was conducted. According to Perkins (1995) different conversation partners respond to linguistic impairment in different ways. Therefore, the comparison of a familiar and unfamiliar partner aimed to reveal such differences. Results of the study suggest that shared knowledge and awareness of the communicative strategies the individual with aphasia uses had an impact on the interaction. Also, the linguistic strategies utilised by the conversational partners had an influence on the resolution of conversational breakdown (repair) and transactional success. Conversation analysis is a useful tool in the comparison of different conversational partners and the experiences of individuals with aphasia in their varying daily interactions.
B.Sc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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