Special Issue "Linguistics and Adults with Language Disorders: Modelling the Theory"

A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 404

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Garraffa
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Guest Editor
School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
Interests: aphasia; language disorders; neurolinguistics; primary progressive aphasia; ageing; syntax; pragmatic; phonology
Dr. Haiyan Wang
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Guest Editor
School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
Interests: aphasia recovery; neurolinguistics; Mandarin Chinese

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit a research paper on the topic “Linguistics and Adults with Language Disorders”. Research on language pathologies in adults has seen an increase in the number of languages that have been included (Garraffa and Fyndanis, 2020) with a lot still to be covered to understand the impact of the patient’s native language for example in the clinical presentations of symptoms in language disorders (Canu et al., 2020). Nonetheless, there is still a large gap to be filled with languages underrepresented in science and consequent lack of research-based practices for informing language intervention for people with language pathologies. In this Special Issue, we are interested in expanding the panorama of languages promoting research at the interface between linguistics and language pathologies with a theoretical focus and considering adult speakers with a language disorder. Both studies with adults with aphasia and other language disorders in adults will be considered with a preference for studies informed by theoretical approaches ( see for example Druks,2017 seminal book on syntax and Arcara et al., 2020 approaches on pragmatics). Topics in any aspects of linguistics will be of interest as well as clinical studies based on theoretical models (Thompson and Shapiro, 2005), with no restriction of the theoretical approach adopted (usage-based, cognitive linguistics, generative grammar, …). The Guest Editors will contribute an editorial dedicated to the contribution of minoritized languages to research on language pathologies. We are sure that those who are willing to contribute to this volume will share with us the conviction that there is a need for more studies on multilingual speakers with language pathologies and speakers of under-represented languages.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400-600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the corresponding guest editors ([email protected]) or to /Languages/ editorial office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

Tentative completion schedule:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 31 July 2022
  • Full manuscript deadline: 31 December 2022


Arcara G., E. Tonini, G. Muriago, E. Mondin, E. Sgarabottolo, G. Bertagnoni, C. Semenza, V. Bambini (2020) Pragmatics and figurative language in individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: Fine-grained assessment and Relevance-theoretic considerations. Aphasiology 34(8):1070–1100

Canu, E., Agosta, F., Battistella, G., Spinelli, E. G., DeLeon, J., Welch, A. E., Mandelli, M. L., Hubbard, H. I., Moro, A., Magnani, G., Cappa, S. F., Miller, B. L., Filippi, M., & Gorno-Tempini, M. L. (2020). Speech production differences in English and Italian speakers with nonfluent variant PPA. Neurology, 94(10), e1062–e1072.

Druks, J. (2017). Contemporary and emergent theories of agrammatism: A neurolinguistic approach. Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Garraffa, M. & Fyndanis, V. (2020). Linguistic theory and aphasia: an overview. Aphasiology, 34 (8), 905–926.

Thompson, C. K., & Shapiro, L. P. (2005). Treating agrammatic aphasia within a linguistic framework: Treatment of Underlying Forms. Aphasiology19(10–11), 1021–1036. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687030544000227

Dr. Maria Garraffa
Dr. Haiyan Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • aphasia
  • language pathologies
  • minority languages
  • multilingualism
  • acquired language disorders
  • primary progressive aphasia
  • dementia
  • ageing

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