Discourse Analysis in Adults With and Without Communication Disorders: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

First Edition

Carl Coelho, Leora R. Cherney, Barbara B. Shadden

Details: 341 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-375-3

© 2023 | Available


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Discourse Analysis in Adults With and Without Communication Disorders: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers provides state-of-the-art information about discourse analysis with sections on Aging, Aphasia, Cognitive Communication Disorders, and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The three renowned editors are actively engaged in the area of discourse. Expert clinical researchers introduce and organize each section, and chapters are authored by leaders involved in discourse research worldwide. 

Discourse is considered the most natural unit of language. Effective production of discourse requires complex interactions among linguistic, cognitive, and social abilities that are sensitive to even mild disruption in any one of these elements. This book covers the examination of discourse in adults with acquired communication disorders, including selecting elicitation tasks, streamlining transcription processes, expanding analysis methods, and translating findings for treatment application.

Key Features 

  • Provides a global perspective on discourse assessment for clinicians
  • Dedicated chapters on aging, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere disorder, primary progressive aphasia, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • PluralPlus online ancillary resources with clinical transcripts and additional materials

About the Editors


Chapter 1. Discourse Analysis in Adults With and Without Communication Disorders: An Overview
Carl Coelho, Barbara B. Shadden, and Leora R. Cherney


Section I. Discourse and Typical Aging

Heather Harris Wright, Topic Chair

Chapter 2. Cognitive and Linguistic Characteristics of Narrative Discourse Production in Healthy Aging

Andrea Marini

Chapter 3. Discourse Processing in Older Adults: Considering Discourse Elicitation Tasks

Stephen Kintz and Hana Kim

Chapter 4. Conversation and Typical Aging

Marion Leaman and Aviva Lerman


Section II. Discourse in Aphasia 

Mary Boyle, Topic Chair for Aphasia

Chapter 5. Analysing Linguistic Features of Discourse in People with Aphasia

Lucy Bryant

Chapter 6. Weaving Research Evidence and Clinical Expertise Together in Discourse Analysis of Spoken Personal Narratives in Aphasia

Lucy Dipper and Madeline Cruice

Chapter 7. Clinical Application of Conversation Analysis in Aphasia

Jamie H. Azios and Nina Simmons–Mackie

Chapter 8. Cross–Cultural Perspectives on Conversational Assessment and Treatment in Aphasia: Learnings From A First Nations Context

Elizabeth Armstrong, Tara Lewis, Alice Robins, Ian Malcolm, and Natalie Ciccone


Section III. Discourse of People with Cognitive Communication Disorders

Leanne Togher, Topic Chair

Chapter 9. Discourse Assessment Across the Recovery Continuum of Traumatic Brain Injury

Elise Elbourn, Joanne Steel, and Elizabeth Spencer

Chapter 10. Assessing Conversation After Traumatic Brain Injury

Louise C. Keegan, Nicholas Behn, Emma Power, Susan Howell & Rachael Rietdijk

Chapter 11. Assessing Discourse In People With Right Hemisphere Disorders

Melissa D. Stockbridge, Jamila Minga, Alexandra Zezinka Durfee, and Melissa Johnson

Chapter 12. Using Technology and Telepractice to Evaluate Discourse After Traumatic Brain Injury

Rachael Rietdijk and Peter Meulenbroek


Section IV. Discourse of People Living With Neurodegenerative Disorders

J.B. Orange, Topic Chair

Chapter 13. Clinical Implications of Discourse Analysis for Individuals With Primary Progressive Aphasia

Sarah Grace Dalton, H. Isabel Hubbard, and Jessica D. Richardson

Chapter 14. What Discourse Analysis Reveals About Conversation and Language Processing in the Context of Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type

Jackie Guendouzi

Chapter 15. Multilevel Discourse Analysis in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders

Katharine Aveni and Angela Roberts

Chapter 16. Discourse in ALS: Interplay of Language, Motor, and Executive Factors

Sharon Ash and Sanjana Shellikeri


Section V. Discourse Databases for Use With Clinical Populations

Carl Coelho, Co–Editor

Chapter 17. Discourse Databases for Use With Clinical Populations

Davida Fromm and Brian MacWhinney

Carl Coelho

Carl Coelho, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor Emeritus and former Department Head of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as Director of the Cognitive Science Program.  Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked 18 years as a clinician and Department Director of speech-language pathology and audiology in rehabilitation hospitals.  Dr. Coelho spent the next 27 years developing coursework and teaching about the management of communication disorders.  He is past-president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences and recipient of Honors of the Academy.  Dr. Coelho also served as the Vice-President of the National Aphasia Association. His research on cognitive communication disorders in adults with acquired brain injuries has been has been published in over 100 journal articles and chapters. Dr Coelho is a Fellow of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.

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Leora R. Cherney

Leora R. Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, FACRM is the Scientific Chair of Think and Speak at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Professor of both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northwestern University. She has 40 years of clinical and research experience in the area of adult neurologic communication disorders. She is the founder and director of SRAlab’s Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment which conducts cutting-edge research and offers both an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) and weekly aphasia community groups. Her innovative research has explored factors to enhance aphasia treatment outcomes for behavioral, pharmacological, and neuromodulatory interventions. Dr. Cherney has authored over 100 journal publications and five books. She has received numerous prestigious awards including: Honors of both the Illinois and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences; the ACRM and National Stroke Association Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke award; and the ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award.

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Barbara B. Shadden

Professor/Director of the Program in Communication Disorders and Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging at the University of Arkansas. She has published three textbooks and presented on topics in aging, aphasia, and other neurogenic disorders, discourse, and augmentative communication. She has also served on the editorial board of two journals and as reviewer for seven journals and three funding agencies. Dr. Shadden worked previously as co-coordinator of Neuropathology Services, University of Tennessee, and speech-language consultant to two hospitals. She has recently served as a Board Member for the Academy of Neurological Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is an ASHA Fellow and honoree of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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