The Contribution of Discourse Markers to Communicative Competence in Aphasia Discourse markers, expressions used to organize conversational interaction, are widely used by speakers in social conversation. An ethnographic investigation of compensatory strategies employed in natural communication by two aphasic subjects revealed a variety of behaviors fulfilling the requirements of discourse markers. The role of discourse markers as compensatory strategies to ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   February 01, 1996
The Contribution of Discourse Markers to Communicative Competence in Aphasia
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nina N. Simmons-Mackie
    Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
  • Jack S. Damico
    University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
  • Contact author: Nina N. Simmons-Mackie, PhD, 59020 Highway 433, Slidell, LA 70460
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Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   February 01, 1996
The Contribution of Discourse Markers to Communicative Competence in Aphasia
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1996, Vol. 5, 37-43. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.37
History: Received July 5, 1994 , Accepted July 27, 1995
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1996, Vol. 5, 37-43. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.37
History: Received July 5, 1994; Accepted July 27, 1995

Discourse markers, expressions used to organize conversational interaction, are widely used by speakers in social conversation. An ethnographic investigation of compensatory strategies employed in natural communication by two aphasic subjects revealed a variety of behaviors fulfilling the requirements of discourse markers. The role of discourse markers as compensatory strategies to promote conversation in aphasia is discussed, with descriptive examples drawn from the ethnographic study.

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