chapter  2
Communicability Deficit in Schizophrenics Resulting from a More General Deficit
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A basic premise of this chapter is that the oft-reported peculiar schizophrenic language, though constituting a good entree to gaining an understanding of the abnormality of schizophrenia, is not itself the underlying problem that the schizophrenic individual has to contend with. Because we are talkers rather than doers, and because language has two important functions in the human being, one to control one's own behavior and the other to communicate with other individuals or to influence them, any major difficulty influences speech. Finally, whatever one's theoretical position with respect to language behavior, all agree that language behavior is very complex and for that reason also is an ideal index of any general behavioral difficulty.