Changing Interactional Behaviour: Using Conversation Analysis in Intervention Programmes for Aphasic Conversation

  • Ray Wilkinson
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Linguistics book series (PADLL)


For over forty years, Conversation Analysis (CA) has been producing findings about the orderly nature of talk-in-interaction, and the methods used by people to produce and make sense of interactional contributions as orderly and meaningful (see, for example, Schegloff, 2007). In this chapter I shall report a CA-based intervention programme which has, since the late 1990s, been used to change interactional behaviour in mundane conversation where one or more speakers has aphasia (Wilkinson et al., 1998; Lock, Wilkinson and Bryan, 2001; Burch, Wilkinson and Lock, 2002; Wilkinson, Bryan, Lock and Sage, 2010; Wilkinson, Lock, Bryan and Sage, 2011). Much of the focus of the intervention has been on the non-aphasic participant in the dyad, in most cases the spouse of the person with aphasia. An overarching aim has been to assist the dyad, and in particular the non-aphasic participant, by making them aware of choices they have in how they produce talk together, and providing them with opportunities of trying out some of these choices.


Interactional Behaviour Conversation Analysis Language Therapist Communication Disorder Conversation Partner 
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© Ray Wilkinson 2011

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