Research topic: Clinical linguistics
Researchers working within the field of clinical linguistics study the language of children and adults with communication problems.
We might study the language of an adult who has developed problems following a brain injury, or the language of a child whose language for one reason or another has not developed typically.
We analyse the language of these groups with the assistance of linguistic theories and methods. Such analyses are of interest from the perspective of theoretical linguistics as well as from a clinical perspective. "Clinical" means the processes involved in understanding and treating disease.
Our analyses can help speech and language therapists and special needs teachers in helping clients with language problems, such as children with specific language difficulties, people suffering from aphasia, Alzheimer's patients, people with cleft palate or people with Down's syndrome.