Recent Advances in Language and Communication


Gerald M. Martinez (Editor)

Series: Languages and Linguistics
BISAC: LAN000000

Language ability is not only universal, but of vast potential, and related to numerous other cognitive and social functions. This book explores individual language process development and how it proceeds in a very predictable manner, parallel to specific areas of brain development. The authors’ acquaint the reader with the current debate on the prevalence of oral and written linguistic difficulties as a precursor of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD). The difficulties in verb/action processing found in patients with Parkinson’s disease are discussed as well. The inferential abilities of children with Specific Language Impairments (SLI) are also reviewed.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effects on communication are explored in Chapter 6. The authors’ findings suggest that communication difficulty persist for years after injury, independent from other cognitive abilities. In later chapters, the authors examine atypical language development and psychopathological risk. The remaining chapters review nonverbal behavior and its importance in objectifying and verifying the diagnosis of mental disorders, if any; the communication challenges for the deaf (and applications that can help impaired people in some aspects of their life); and finally, the importance of segmental duration – a very important component of a text-to-speech (TTS) system in order to produce high quality synthetic speech which sounds natural.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Language Assessment of Action/Verb Processing in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Critical Analysis through the Multilevel Model
(Maria Teresa Carthery-Goulart, Henrique Salmazo da Silva, Juliana Bruno Machado, Roberta Roque Baradel, Maria Alice de Mattos Pimenta Parente, Federal University of ABC, Brazil, and others)

Prevalence of Speech and Language Disorders: Identify and Outcome at the Learning Disabilities
(Montfragüe García-Mateos and Luz María Fernández Mateos, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain and Javier De Santiago Herrero, University of Salamanca, Spain)

Language Development as a Marker of Normal Brain Development
(Robert Perna, Ashlee R. Loughan, Stephanie Northington, Hana Perkey, TIRR Memorial Herman, Houston, TX, USA, and others)

Atypical Language Development and Psychopathological Risk: A Typical Neuropsychiatric Problem?
(Matteo Alessio Chiappedi, Michela Tantardini, Giulia Burrone, Ilaria Maria Carlotta Baschenis, Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, National Neurological Institute C. Mondino, Pavia, Italy)

Intercultural Nonverbal Communication Competence: Meeting Body Language Challenges in Facilitating and Working with Students from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds in the Australian Higher Education Context
(Ping Yang, University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Phone Duration Modeling of the Serbian Language: Comparative Evaluation of Different Models
(Sandra Sovilj-Nikić and Ivan Sovilj-Nikić, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)

Inferential Comprehension in a Dialogic Reading Task: Comparing 5-year-old Children with Specific Language Impairment to Typically Developing Peers
(Paméla Filiatrault-Veilleux, Geneviève Tarte, Chantel Desmarais, Speech language pathologist, and Associate professor, Département de réadaptation, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et en intégration sociale, Faculty of Medecine, Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

Virtual Avatar Signing in Real Time as Classroom Support for Deaf Students
(Lucia Vera, Inmaculada Coma, Julio Campos, Bibiana Martínez, and Marcos Fernández, Institute of Robotics (IRTIC), University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain)

Perceived Communication Ability of Open Question Interview in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Using La Trobe Communication Questionnaire
(Keiko Matsuoka, Izumi Kotani, Machihiko Yamasato, Kamata TERAKOYA, Tamagawa, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan, and others)

Analysis of Nonverbal Behavior in Affective Disorders in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
(Oleg A. Gilburd, Jana V. Girsh and Nadezhda A. Donnikova, Surgut State University, Khanty-Ugra Medical Institute, Department of Pediatrics, Surgut, Russia)


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