Social Setting, Stigma, and Communicative Competence
Explorations of the conversational interactions of retarded adults
Mentally retarded individuals have been studied almost exclusively as clinical entities, not as persons immersed in the stream of social life. This has led not only to a lack of appreciation for the complexity of their lives and concerns, but also to an underestimation and incomplete understanding of their intellectual and linguistic skills. By exploring aspects of the ongoing linguistic and social lives of retarded individuals in various community contexts, this volume contributes to a growing body of literature which attempts to fill in this inadequate picture. In addition, the studies in this volume offer social scientists insights into the way that stigma such as that associated with intellectual and social incompetence affects social groups and influences conversational behavior and language use.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, VI:6] 1985. vi, 137 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. IntroductionSharon Sabsay and Martha Platt | p. 1
2. “About Ostriches Coming Out of Communist China”: Meanings, Functions, and Frequencies of Typical Interactions in Group Meetings for Retarded AdultsJoseph Graffam | p. 9
3. Taking Sides: Resolution of a Peer Conflict in a Workshop for Retarded AdultsKathryn M. Anderson-Levitt | p. 41
4. Displaying Competence: Peer Interaction in a Group Home for Retarded AdultsMartha Platt | p. 75
5. Weaving the Cloak of Competence: A Paradox in the Management of Trouble in Conversations between Retarded and Nonretarded InterlocutorsSharon Sabsay and Martha Platt | p. 95
Footnotes | p. 117
Appendix A | p. 125
Appendix B: Transcripts of episodes F, G, and L | p. 129
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