Thought Disorder and Language Use in Schizophrenia
Schizophrenic speakers sometimes fail to produce coherent discourse. This is the theme of the present monograph, and in this first chapter we introduce the notion of discourse failures and provide a background to the study. Discourse failures (see Section I) occur when the listener cannot follow the speaker, even though the speaker is using familiar words in generally well-formed sentences. These failures do not always occur in the productions of schizophrenic speakers, but when they do, they are regarded as “one of the most outstanding characteristics of schizophrenic thinking” (Cameron, 1938b, p. 2).
KeywordsTarget Word Schizophrenic Patient Verbal Behavior Naturalistic Study Thought Disorder
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