Chapter 17

Communication disorders

Semantics and pragmatics


In discussing semantics, this chapter looks at labelling, packaging and network building difficulties and other problems and their assessment before describing provision. Next, it explains the nature of pragmatics; considers pragmatic difficulties and their assessment; and provision.


When examining meaning (semantics) in language, the unit of meaning, or lexeme, can be conveyed in one word or several (‘die’, ‘pass away’, ‘meet your maker’). In order for a lexeme to be meaningful the speaker requires some concept knowledge. For example, he needs to have seen a dog and appreciate the concept ‘dog’ before the word can be used meaningfully. Also, to grasp the meaning ...

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