Semantic – Pragmatic Attributes and Cognition in Acute and Chronic Schizophrenics: A Case Comparative Study

Poonacha, Mithila and Tiwari, Shivani and Bellur, Rajashekhar (2008) Semantic – Pragmatic Attributes and Cognition in Acute and Chronic Schizophrenics: A Case Comparative Study. Journal of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (JAIISH), 27. pp. 50-54.

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Abstract

Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, displaying unusual language and cognitive impairments. There exists a dearth of studies relating the language deficits to the onset of the disorder. This study profiled few aspects of semantic and pragmatic abilities in acute and chronic schizophrenics and compared with their cognitive abilities. One acute schizophrenic and one chronic schizophrenic patient participated in the study. Cognition was assessed using the “Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-R)” Kannada version. Aspects of semantics (semantic storage, recall/access and the word association) and pragmatics were assessed using a test battery.Results showed distinct variations in both subjects in cognitive as well as linguistic aspects (semantic and pragmatic). Abnormalities were found both at single word level as well as discourse comparable to dysfunction of cognition, and onset of the disorder. The findings highlighted the differences in semantic-pragmatic and cognitive aspects in terms of onset of the disorder. Though, the study is a preliminary attempt and warrants further research for substantiation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 03:59
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 03:59
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76499

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