A case study of a non-fluent aphasic speaker: grammatical aspects of conversation and language testing data
This paper explores how an individual with non-fluent aphasia is able to produce grammatical structures in two contrasting language environments: conversation and clinical testing. A conversation analysis (CA) investigation reveals a grammatical phenomenon in the conversation data that is rarely seen in the elicited language, and it is suggested that this phenomenon may represent— an attempt to manage the sequential demands of turns at talk. Analysis of the grammar of language produced in response to clinical elicitation tasks reveals that the majority of utterances are constructed using subject–verb-object (SVO)" sentence types. It is suggested that the language environments of conversation and task-based assessment provide the clinician with complementary information about a client's grammatical abilities. We present our preliminary thoughts on the implication of this finding for aphasia rehabilitation.