Language and Discourse

S. B. Chapman, R. A. Mudar

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Language offers a vivid window into the higher-order cognitive potential of individuals. In particular, discourse (i.e., connected language both spoken and written) is typically conveyed as sequences of ideas with specific linguistic components and higher levels of coherent organization and deep meaning. Discourse metrics provide powerful tools to study normal healthy aging, brain injury, and brain disease. The richness of discourse-brain profiles is highlighted in relation to characterizing early brain disease and brain injury symptom complexes, and monitoring treatment effectiveness. Discourse provides a functional venue for increasing cognitive control resilience and repairing the neurologically compromised brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
EditorsMichael J Aminoff, Robert B Daroff
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Aphasia
  • Brain recovery
  • Cognitive training
  • Details
  • Discourse
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Gist
  • Healthy brain
  • Language
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Resilience
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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