chapter  1
An Emergentist Approach to Clinical Pragmatics
WithMick Perkins
Pages 14

Definitions of pragmatics vary widely, and yet despite this, in most clinical studies and assessments of pragmatic impairment it is taken for granted that the nature of pragmatics is well known and straightforward, even though quite inconsistent analytical frameworks are used. To cite only one example, two widely used checklists of pragmatic impairment – Penn's Profile of Communicative Appropriateness, and Prutting & Kirchner's Pragmatic Protocol (Penn, 1988; Prutting & Kirchner, 1983), contain 30 and 51 items respectively, and yet have only about a dozen items in common (Perkins, 2000).