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From The CriticsReviewer: Linda J. Louko, PhD (University of Central Florida)
Description: This book is a compilation of papers presented at the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (ICPLA) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the compilation of papers which reflect the tradition of ICPLA. This tradition is to present the current trends in child/adult speech and language (including development and disorders), aphasia, and measurement techniques.
Audience: Because it encompasses a rather broad spectrum of studies within the fields of speech-language pathology and linguistics, this publication would therefore appeal to a wide audience including speech-language pathology students, speech-language pathologists, and linguists interested in speech and language disorders. The editors, both at the University Hospital Nijmegen, have done a fine job of compiling and editing this volume of papers.
Features: It would be impossible in this review to discuss all the topics that are presented in the 44 chapters (papers) of this volume. However, as stated in the preface, this book contains four distinct sections. The first is a report on phonology as it relates to aphasia, apraxia in children, as well as stuttering (in a very interesting article on stuttering as a phonological encoding defect). The second section encompasses hearing impairment and central auditory processing disorders, while the third contains information about aphasia and neurological conditions. The fourth section includes papers reporting results of specific measurement techniques such as articulograghy, acoustic analysis, voice/nasality analysis, and other current technology-based evaluation procedures.
Assessment: Due to its heterogeneous nature within the fields of speech-language pathology and linguistics, it is unlikely that this text would be an easy fit for traditional courses in speech or language. Rather, it would be most appropriate as a text in graduate seminars or as a recommended text in graduate level courses dealing with phonological development/disorders, speech science, and perhaps diagnosis.