A new approach to understanding language impairment

A new approach to understanding language impairment


Keynote Speaker: Professor Gisela Håkansson, Lund University/ Østfold University College

Linguistic research has shed considerable light on the understanding and treatment of language impairment, just as Speech Pathology research has elucidated theoretical Linguistics. This fertile interaction is clear in work on Broca’s aphasia and the related condition of agrammatism, a morpho-syntactic disorder affecting the ability of adults to speak following a stroke. New directions in Linguistic research, nevertheless, suggest that it is timely to reconsider the nexus between Linguistics and Speech Pathology. Does language impairment entail a deficit, as assumed in earlier research? Does it also entail a process of re acquisition, akin to second language acquisition, as indicated by recent research?

Whether you are a Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist, Linguist, teacher or someone interested in the cognitive sciences, this Huddle will be of interest given its focus on Processability Theory ( Pienemann 1998), a psycholinguistic theory of language processing, and its application to language impairment. The Huddle will be led by a world leader in second language processing and language disorders, Professor Gisela Håkansson , who will sketch Processability Theory and her research on children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

Via presentations, interactive discussions, workshops and pre-readings, participants will be able to critically explore the theoretical connections between agrammatism and processability as well as the methodology and practical implications of such connections.


Information on how to register. https://bit.ly/31UOxpO
Pre-readings will be distributed following registration.

The event flyer and programme can be found here: A new approach to understanding language impairment

For questions and enquiries, please contact sssharc.research@sydney.edu.au, or contact: bronwen.dyson@sydney.edu.au


11 Oct 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Room 200
RD Watt Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney, NSW
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