Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Mary E. Gordon
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication
1 online resource (110 p.)
Interpersonal communication, Youth with mental disabilities
Current language theory focuses on how a person communicates within a context (Bates, 1976a). A person's communicative competence depends on how effectively she translates her cognitive and social knowledge into linguistic forms to interact in the specific situation, following pragmatic rules (Prutting, 1982b). Thus, in order to assess a person's language ability accurately, the clinician needs to assess pragmatic skills as well as cognitive, social, and linguistic skills. A person's pragmatic development culminates in the ability to participate in a conversation (Rees, 1978).
Nicholson, Jane, "Pragmatic conversational skills of young adults in normal, EMR, and TMR classrooms" (1983). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3279.