CLINICAL LINGUISTICS
cod. 1011768

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Professor
- Luca BISCHETTI
Academic discipline
Glottologia e linguistica (L-LIN/01)
Field
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub:
course unit
in ENGLISH

Learning objectives

The course will offer a general introduction to the different language disorders, from aphasia to pragmatic impairment, considered from the point of view of linguistics
Overall, the course will integrate the training in language sciences for special needs by deepening the understanding of the linguistic and communicative weaknesses as well as strengths of people with special needs, in order to promote inclusiveness in lifelong education.

Prerequisites

None: the course will be an introduction to clinical linguistics with limited knowledge

Course unit content

The course will offer a general introduction to the different language disorders, from aphasia to pragmatic impairment, considered from the point of view of linguistics. The course will start from the classification of language disorders in both adulthood and childhood, focusing on the linguistic and communicative profiles. Neurolinguistics findings related to pathological language processing as revealed via neuroimaging methods will also be considered.
The second part of the course will present the main tools for evaluating language disorders, illustrating the most common tasks for assessing the different language components, from grammar to vocabulary and pragmatic competence, including computational and multimodal annotation.
The third part of the course will discuss state-of-the-art approaches in the field of language treatment, highlighting how theoretical notions in linguistics might help design effective intervention to promote language skills.
Overall, the course will integrate the training in language sciences for special needs by deepening the understanding of the linguistic and communicative weaknesses as well as strengths of people with special needs, in order to promote inclusiveness in lifelong education.

Full programme

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Bibliography

Ball, Martin J., Müller, Nicole & Spencer, Liz, eds. (2023 forthcoming) Wiley Handbook of Clinical Linguistics – 2nd edition, Wiley [selected parts]
Cummings, Louise (2008) Clinical Linguistics, Edinburgh University Press [selected parts]
Cummings, Louise (2021) Handbook of Pragmatic Language Disorders: Complex and Underserved Populations, Springer [selected parts]
Other materials provided in classes

Teaching methods

Classes in presence and online

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Other information

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