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This paper reviews new theoretical and practical developments in working with partners of people with aphasia and describes the development of a clinician's resource entitled 'SPPARC: Supporting Partners of People with Aphasia in Relationships and Conversation'. It focuses particularly on one part of that resource: the SPPARC Conversation Training(More)
Historically, agrammatism, a symptom of Broca's aphasia, has been associated with dysprosody, on account of speakers' slow, halting, and effortful speech. Almost all investigations of this phenomenon use experimental methods (reading, repetition). Thus, little is known about how prosody is used by speakers with agrammatism and understood by their(More)
This paper investigates the grammatical difficulties of an English-speaking person with non-fluent aphasia using clinical assessments based on picture description and story telling. The same individual's conversation grammar, which was investigated in detail in a linked article is reviewed here, and the notion that interactional grammatical phenomena may(More)
A neglected aspect of intonation research has been the nature and extent of variability in the use of prosodic features within a speech community. Cross-speaker variability in intonation was investigated through analysis of data collected from 90 adult speakers of English from London, England, using a new prosodic test battery (PEPS). PEPS is designed to(More)
Studies suggest that a high proportion of older people in residential and nursing care have communication difficulties and there is some awareness of the need for staff training to allow effective communication to be achieved. This paper describes part of the evaluation of a one-day training package aimed at enabling care staff to communicate with older(More)
This paper uses the methodology and analytical findings of conversation analysis to investigate the notion that aphasic grammar may be understood at least partly in the context of the demands of turns at talk in conversation. An investigation of the conversation of an English-speaking person with aphasia reveals two distinct grammatical phenomena, and it is(More)
This article gives an overview of the application to aphasia of conversation analysis (CA), a qualitative methodology for the analysis of recorded, naturally occurring talk produced in everyday human interaction. CA, like pragmatics, considers language use in context, but it differs from other analytical frameworks because the clinician is not making(More)
The need for staff training and support within the residential sector is now recognised but there are many limitations on implementation. Surveys have revealed high proportions of residents with communication disorders and care staff are likely to be expected to cope with a range of complex communication problems (Bryan and Drew 1989). This presentation(More)
Conversation therapies employing video for feedback and to facilitate outcome measurement are increasingly used with people with post-stroke aphasia and their conversation partners; however the evidence base for change in everyday interaction remains limited. We investigated the effect of Better Conversations with Aphasia (BCA), an intervention that is(More)