By Branca Telles Ribeiro

This interesting research explores the methods of creating coherence within the discourse of a thought-disordered sufferer. Ribeiro analyzes the discourse among a physician and a sufferer who's lower than an acute psychotic situation, after which later, whilst the sufferer is deemed recovered. Ribeiro seems to be at how the members together determine referential that means, and the way subject coherence is accomplished or breaks down. She then considers how the members exhibit superordinate messages, metamessages, and the way the sufferer signs and assesses the body of speak. Ribeiro concludes that psychotic discourse, whereas incoherent at the point of subject, should be coherent on one other level--that of body. utilizing sociolinguistic discourse research, conversational research, and body research, with a dose of conception from modern cognitive psychology, Ribeiro's booklet demonstrates the significance of contextualization in interplay

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This form triggers "Idete," her sister. At different moments in the interview, Jurema summons either one of these two characters. Neither is present. " The last three forms are nicknames. 3. In this interview the doctor and the patient keep their sitting positions and shift minimally from what Scheflen calls baseline postures (1973:29). For the discharge interview this corresponds to their initial postural arrangement. Chapter 2 provides a full description. 4. , aphasia), they are manifested through linguistic behavior "and diagnosed almost wholly in terms of linguistic anomaly" (Lakoff 1981:359).

She continuously repeats certain phrases or syllables . . [and] uses contrastive voice pitches . . " In the admitting interview Dona Jurema also makes use of different modes of communication—nursery rhymes, church songs, or chanting. She often uses speech play that recalls the rhythm of children's lore and jingles. While the tunes are reminiscent of Brazilian children's songs, the lyrics are made up by the patient. Her speech shows gross changes in prosody. She may use a very high pitch in certain segments and alternate to a low pitch in another stretch of talk.

The only direct window to the functioning of the mind is linguistic" (1981:359). Several issues may be raised when one applies to Dona Jurema labels such as thought-disordered patient or psychotic speaker. I will restrict my comments to two issues of relevance to this study. The first points to the complex discussion on speech (as a social phenomenon) and thought (as a cognitive phenomenon). In the past, psychiatrists, psychologists, psycholinguists, and linguists, among other theorists, have investigated the relationship between thought disorder and psychotic talk.

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