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PLM2008 :: 11-14 September 2008

PLM2008 Workshop Session: Clinical linguistics

The connections between language, brain and mind and its relation to human linguistic (and non-linguistic) behavior are omnipresent and "always there", and it is one of the major tasks of linguists to discover, describe and attempt to explain these connections. This is particularly relevant when we are confronted by human language which appears to be disordered, atypical, or dysfunctional for organic, developmental and other diverse reasons. Research related to brain and language contributes to assessment and recovery of speech and language impairments and it offers insights to and an extension of functional and formal linguistic theories.

In this session we invite talks which focus on atypical language and speech – very often found in the speech and hearing clinic but not exclusive to it – related to all levels of language from phonetics to discourse in both production and reception.


  • Clinical linguistics: phonetics/phonology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics;
  • Voice, speech and language pathology in children and adults;
  • Audiology;
  • Speech & language therapy.

Session organisers

Yishai Tobin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), e-mail: yishai (at)
Monika Połczyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), e-mail: plmonik (at)
(In the addresses above, replace (at) with @)

Selected bibliography

Ball, M.J. and Mueller, N. 2005. Phonetics for Communiction Disorders. Malwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Ball, M.J. and O. Lowry. 2001. Methods in Clinical Phonetics. London: Whurr.

Fava, E, (ed.). 2002. Clinical Linguistics: Theory and Applications in Speech Pathology and Therapy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Ingram, D. 1990. Phonological disability in children. London: Whurr.

Tobin, Y. 1997. Phonology as Human Behavior: Theoretical Implications and Clinical Applications. Durham, NC & London: Duke University Press.