Pragmatics in the absence of verbal language: Descriptions of a severe aphasic and a language-deprived adult

Nina Dronkers, Carl A. Ludy, Brenda B. Redfern

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Abstract

Two cases with vastly different etiologies are presented to illustrate pragmatic competence in the absence of verbal language. The first is a man with severe Broca's aphasia who lost the ability to use any propositional language after a massive left hemisphere stroke. The second is a congenially-deaf woman with no exposure to language until well into adulthood. Despite their lack of verbal skills, both cases demonstrate a full command of pragmatic abilities and function as competent social actors. This finding reinforces the view of pragmatics as a vital part of social interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-190
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Volume11
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1998

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Pragmatics in the absence of verbal language : Descriptions of a severe aphasic and a language-deprived adult. / Dronkers, Nina; Ludy, Carl A.; Redfern, Brenda B.

In: Journal of Neurolinguistics, Vol. 11, No. 1-2, 01.1998, p. 179-190.

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