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Book: Prosody in Practice

Chapter: Prosody in the Clinic: Causes and Effects of Prosodic Breakdown

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40467


Chapter 4 focuses on the clinical reasons for prosodic disruption and breakdown, with illustration provided from a range of clinical speech types. It examines the ways in which prosodic problems impede affected individuals’ ability to produce and understand communicative signals appropriately, and outlines therapeutic methods for targeting prosody and ameliorating the effects of prosodic breakdown. The chapter acknowledges that only a minority of therapists is convinced of the value of working on prosodic aspects of speech, so it provides an evidenced argument for incorporating prosody therapy into clinical work using methods that are accessible, manageable and productive for SLTs.

Chapter Contributors

  • Joan Rahilly ( - ehehjrah) 'Queen's University Belfast'