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Conversation Escalation Make Small Talk Sexy

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Opening The Physicianpatient Conversation

The physician-patient conversation described in Greek texts began by listening to the patient. Skill in this task was not taken to be self-evident. The following passage from a gynecological treatise instructed physicians on how to listen to women Observations over time enabled a physician to make a prognosis of the nature of a disease and whether it would end in recovery, disability, or death. Brilliant and effective forecasts are made by distinguishing the way, manner and time in which each case will end, either it takes the turn to recover or to incurability. 27 The time it took to arrive at syndromic prognosis posed an ethical problem for the physician's conversation with the patient. When, if ever, should the patient be told the prognosis

Trying a Different Tool

Fear of snakes, but it consistently fails to explain other abilities for decorative art, moral virtue, and witty conversation. It seems reasonable to ask whether sexual selection for reproductive benefits might account for these leftovers. This suggestion makes sexual selection sound like an explanation of last resort. It should not be viewed that way, because sexual selection has some special features as an evolutionary process. As we shall see, sexual selection is unusually fast, powerful, intelligent, and unpredictable. This makes it a good candidate for explaining any adaptation that is highly developed in one species but not in other closely related species that share a similar environment.

Sexual Selection and Other Forms of Social Selection

Sexual selection is the premier example of social selection, and courtship is the premier example of social behavior. Theories of human evolution through social selection without explicit attention to sexual selection are like dramas without romance. Prehistoric social competition was not like a power struggle between crafty Chinese eunuchs or horticulturally competitive nuns it was a complex social game in which real males and real females played for real sexual stakes. They played sometimes with homicidal or rapacious violence, and sometimes with Machiavellian strategizing, but more often with forms of psychological warfare never before seen in the natural world conversation, charm, and wit.

Syndromes of Cognitive Impairment

Decline in cognitive performance can be subdivided into three broad categories delirium, dementia, and focal syndromes. In delirium, several areas of cognitive performance are deficient, but the distinguishing feature is an impairment in the level of consciousness. Level of consciousness refers to a patients alertness, attentiveness, and ability to concentrate. A delirious individual is inattentive and therefore has difficulty remaining focused on a topic during conversation. Patients with delirium are usually drowsy and slowed down in thought and movement. Less commonly (as in delirium tremens), they appear very alert, tense, and restless and are overreactive to stimuli such as sound, light, or touch. Delirium usually has an acute or sub-acute onset, developing over hours or days. It often fluctuates in severity during the course of the day and is usually worse at night. Unpleasant moods (e.g., bewilderment, fear, sadness) and visual illusions and hallucinations are common.

Case 1 A Middle Aged Man with Widespread Cancer

At our first meeting, the patient told me he was aware of his poor prognosis, had spoken in depth with his wife and children about it, and had already made his own funeral arrangements. He seemed very much at ease. I saw him daily, and our conversations were substantial as we talked not only about his illness but also about his life, his career, his relationship with his wife and children, his philosophy of life, and his values. One can talk about serious matters with patients. In this and all of the other stories in this chapter, my role was not difficult. While I needed to choose my words carefully, the honesty of the conversation and the depth of the discussion of facts and feelings became the foundation for our further decisions. Our trust in each other contributed to the effectiveness of the therapy. Physicians need not shrink from being straightforward, preferring a discussion of parts failing to persons dying. 1

An Infinite Variety of Waste

As with Veblen's conspicuous consumption principle, the form of the cost does not matter much. What matters is the prodigious waste. The waste is what keeps the fitness indicators honest. The wastefulness of courtship is what makes it romantic. The wasteful dancing, the wasteful gift-giving, the wasteful conversation, the wasteful laughter, the wasteful foreplay, the wasteful adventures. From the viewpoint of survival of the fittest, the waste looks mad and pointless and maladaptive. Human courtship even looks wasteful from the viewpoint of sexual selection for non-genetic benefits, because, as we shall see, the acts of love considered most romantic are often those that cost the giver the most, but that bring the smallest material benefits to the receiver. However, from the viewpoint of fitness indicator theory, this waste is the most efficient and reliable way to discover someone's fitness. Where you see conspicuous waste in nature, sexual choice has often been at work.

Dermatologys Origins And Future Directions

In the twentieth century, the microscope revolutionized the practice of dermatology. For today's medical student, the digital camera may change the practice of dermatologists in the twenty-first century. Teledermatology, or the practice of dermatology using digital cameras, is a hot topic. This type of dermatology can be practiced in two ways (1) the patient and the dermatologist have a real-time conversation via camera or (2) the patient's skin is photographed and viewed at a later time (store and forward method) in conjunction with a clinical history. Proponents of teledermatology argue that these services allow for equitable service to those patients in remote areas who may not have access to centers of excellence in dermatology. Also, studies have shown that teledermatology is an accurate and reliable way of diagnosing disease. Although teledermatolgy has been seen as a useful mode of communication for patients, the greatest concern has been the lack of relationship between...

The Hominid That Wasted Its Brain

If we view the human brain as a set of sexually selected fitness indicators, its high costs are no accident. They axe the whole point. The brain's costs are what make it a good fitness indicator. Sexual selection made our brains wasteful, if not wasted it transformed a small, efficient ape-style brain into a huge, energy-hungry handicap spewing out luxury behaviors like conversation, music, and art. These behaviors may look as if they must be conveying some useful information from one mind to another. But from a biological viewpoint they might signify nothing more than our fitness, to those who might be considering merging their genes with ours.

Are Fitness Indicators Immoral

I think it is no coincidence. Look at it this way our human norms and values developed as reactions to patterns of natural human behavior that we decided should be discouraged. If a great deal of human behavior consists of advertising one's fitness, and if many ways of doing that impose social costs on others, and if moral norms develop to minimize social costs, then a lot of moral norms should be aimed directly against the irresponsible use of fitness indicators. We value humility precisely because many people are unbearable braggarts who try to flaunt their fitness indicators so relentlessly that we cannot hold a decent conversation. We value frugality because so many people embarrass everyone with their ostentatious displays of luxuries, and waste limited resources that others need. We value egalitarianism because it protects the majority from aspiring despots intent on power and polygyny

Transactional Relational

In this extract the respondent is describing his grandmother's style of talking so that she did not include others in the conversation. This is a transactional response as it shows an everyday coping mechanism for her deafness. However, it can be seen that the respondent then ends the transactional response with descriptions of his grandmother's frustration at the quality of her hearing aid. This could be understood as a relational response, therefore many transactional responses are often ended with a relational explanation and relational transactional descriptions are often closely interlinked.

Family Sphere Outside Family Sphere

This extract is a respondent describing her use of teletext so that she does not have to have the television up too loud, she finds that she can read quickly so that she understands the conversation on the television. This is an example of a coping mechanism outside the family sphere it does not include other family members.

Anna Zwanziger 17601811

Anna Schonleben was born near Bayreuth in Bavaria and orphaned when only five years old. She was then passed from one family member to another until she was sponsored by a wealthy guardian who paid for her to be educated. At 15 she was married off to a 27-year-old lawyer Herr Zwanziger, but it was not a happy marriage, because her husband was an alcoholic and could not get work, and Anna's giving birth to two children only made matters worse. Her answer to the family's need for income was somewhat unconventional but it was one way she could cash in on her undoubted good looks and ability to hold an educated conversation she became a high class call-girl, confining her client base to judges and other men in powerful positions.

Family Sphere Transactional

This extract describes another coping strategy used by a family to communicate with a hard-of-hearing relative. They used positioning so that their relative could see their face and lips so that she could understand what they were saying. By walking behind her they knew that she could not hear the conversation so they learnt how to stand or sit so that they were positioned in the best way in order to communicate. Lip-reading, as described by Hallberg and Carlsson (1991) is a non-verbal communication strategy which is part of the 'controlling the social scene', which is an active strategy used by the hearing-impaired to control the situation so that they can communicate. This is in contrast to the Non Family Knowledge Group where coping strategies were far less active and controlling of the social scene. Family members telling their relative that they are deaf and cannot hear properly or are not being fully involved in the family is something that Glass (1985) described in his...

Outside Family Sphere Relational

This respondent is describing the decline of her hearing as a result she is misunderstanding words. With her friends she is asking what the other people in the conversation say, and feels that she is not totally involved in the conversation. She describes feelings of 'hanging in there' resulting in feelings of stress. This category is the description of events where communication has been difficult resulting in a relational aspect including loss of face and embarrassment. In this extract the respondent describes feelings of stress and embarrassment at the inability to converse with both friends. Hallberg and Carlsson (1991) show categories describing examples of restriction in social interactions. Within this are two categories, 'Frustration and aggression' and 'Frustration of the need of self-assertion'. In extract 11 the respondent's description of her meeting with friends falls under both categories with their examples under the frustration and aggression category, 'the hearing...

Ventilator Supported Speech Production

Pressure for a longer portion of the ventilator cycle (to increase utterance duration and decrease pause duration) and if it changes less rapidly and does not peak as highly (to decrease variability of loudness and voice quality). The tracheal pressure waveform can be modified by adjusting certain parameters on the ventilator (such as those mentioned earlier) or by adding external valves to the ventilator system (e.g., Dikeman and Kazandjian, 1995 Hoit and Banzett, 1997). Ventilator-supported speech can also be improved using behavioral strategies. Such strategies include the use of linguistic manipulations designed to hold the floor during conversation (e.g., breaking for obligatory pauses at linguistically inappropriate junctures) and the incorporation of another sound source to supplement the laryngeal voicing source (e.g., buccal or pharyngeal speech).

Non Family Knowledge Group

These extracts describe coping mechanisms for everyday tasks, such as doing the shopping or going to church. The first extract shows the participant not bothering to listen at church, and not having developed any form of coping mechanism to help her hear better in church. She is still attending church so is not 'avoiding the social scene' as described by Hallberg and Carlsson (1991). However, her behaviour is included in their description of 'Maintaining social interactions'. This is a way of coping with an everyday task by maintaining the task (going to church) and trying to make the best of it and not 'become a bother'. By doing this she has become tolerant of the environment around her and the public's lack of understanding of hearing loss. Hallberg and Carlsson (1991) continued to describe the cost involved in preserving such social interactions. 'More things have to be regarded as not so important, and restricted involvement in conversations have to be tolerated.' From this we...

Interpreting New Medical Information Finding a Doctor Who Matches Your

Most doctors recognize this dilemma and are willing to have their decisions influenced by a patient's wishes. If you express a desire to have a more avant-garde diagnostic test or treatment, or a more conservative one, your doctor can incorporate that perspective into your treatment plan. Increasingly, medical insurance plans won't pay for tests or treatments that have not been proved to be valuable, but there are many exceptions to that rule. Having a conversation about this issue with your doctor can make a real difference in the care you receive whenever the science of medicine has yet to establish a clear approach.

Were Fathers Important

Interviews with contemporary hunter-gatherer women by anthropologists such as Marjorie Shostak reveal that these women view many men as more trouble than they're worth. If the men are hanging around, they usually eat more food than they provide, and demand more care than they give one's children. If they have very high fitness, then their good genes, good sex, and good conversation might compensate for their messiness and lethargy. But if they are only average, their potential for sexual jealousy and violent irritability may render them a net cost rather than a benefit.

Sexual Selection Without Sex Differences

If, among emus, only males had bright blue bare patches on their cheeks and necks, biologists would probably have called the patches sexual ornaments. But since females have them too, they are usually relegated to the status of species recognition markers. Likewise for the dramatic yellow eyebrow-tufts sprouting from both male and female rockhopper penguins. And the 11-foot wingspans of both male and female wandering albatrosses, which are displayed during mutual courtship by stretching the black tips of the white wings as far apart as possible for the inspection of the opposite sex. All, we are told, for mere species recognition. This viewpoint implies that the hours of mutual conversation during human courtship are likewise nothing more than a way for us to tell that the other

Methodological questions

The experiments we have run thus far indicate that the intonation of normal speech contains more musicality than would be expected by most linguists, but true melodies and triadic harmonies in conversation are apparently infrequent. Nevertheless, when, in normal conversation, we want to add emotional emphasis or drive a point home, we naturally use sustained pitches and larger pitch intervals. It is as if truly musical pitch is used sparingly in speech until it becomes appropriate to supplement the denotative meaning of language with an affective punch . Study of the musicality of highly emotional speech in more ecological settings is therefore a priority.

Functional Assessment

Functional communication assessment measures are far-ranging. They include observing aphasic persons' communicative interactions, interviewing aphasic individuals and their families about communication needs, and analyzing their discourse and conversation. A few formal tests, such as Communicative Activities of Daily Living (CADL-2 Holland, Frattali, and Fromm, 1999) and rating scales such as the ASHA FACS (Frattali et al., 1995), the Functional Communication Profile (FCP Sarno, 1969), and the Communication Effectiveness Inventory (CETI Lomas et al., 1989) are used to measure activities and activity limitations in ICF terms. Other approaches involve developing and practicing scenarios and scripts that can be used to recount important aspects of the person's life, such as how an aphasic man met his wife. A related approach might be to work on specific situations of personal relevance. These situation-specific scripts can be as diverse as a script that aids an individual in getting help...

The Adult Selfexpression Scale

If someone in authority interrupts you in the middle of an important conversation, do you request that the person wait until you have finished 35. If a person of the opposite sex whom you have been wanting to meet directs attention to you at a party, do you take the initiative in beginning the conversation

Difference Between The Pleasure Of Eating And The Pleasures Of The Table

At the first course every one eats and pays no attention to conversation all ranks and grades are forgotten together in the great manufacture of life. When, however, hunger begins to be satisfied, reflection begins, and conversation commences. The person who, hitherto, had been a mere consumer, becomes an amiable guest, in proportion as the master of all things provides him with the means of gratification.

Effect of Alzheimers Neuropathology on Communicative Function

In the early stages of AD, communicative functions dependent on recent memory, such as holding a conversation, are affected. Affected individuals forget what they have just heard, seen, or said. Many sentences are left unfinished, with forgotten communicative intentions, and repetitiousness is common. Comprehension of written materials, particularly long passages, diminishes because of memory impairment. The mechanics of reading are spared, however, and individuals with mild AD can still write, though they make frequent spelling errors. Persons with mid-stage AD can greet, name, and express many needs. Most can participate in short conversations, especially if those conversations involve only two people however, they frequently have trouble retrieving desired names. They can answer questions and understand common gestures. Two-stage commands are comprehensible by most persons with mid-stage AD, and some can follow three-stage commands. Reading comprehension for single words remains...

The 18th And 19th Century

I have often, therefore, wished to have been present at one of those pleasant repasts which Horace invited one of his neighbors to share, viz a good chicken, a lamb (doubtless fat,) and as a desert, grapes, figs and nuts. Uniting these to wine, made when Manlius was consul, and the delicious conversation of the poet, I fancy I could have supped very pleasantly. At mihi cum longum post tempus venerat hospes Sive operum vacuo, longum conviva per imbrem Vicinus, bene erat non piscibus urbe petitis, Sed pullo atque hasdo, tum * pensilis uva secundas Et nux ornabat mensas, cum duplice ficu. Thus it was only yesterday I regaled six friends with a boiled leg of mutton and a kidney A L'PONTOISE. They indulged in the pleasures of conversation so fully that they forgot that there were richer meats or better cooks.

Levels of Discourse Processing

Discourse is a set of utterances aimed at conveying a message among interlocutors. It can take many forms, such as narrative, argument, or conversation. Because it combines language components in a communicative context, discourse may be the most elaborate linguistic activity. The complexity of this activity can be captured through multilevel models, such as that proposed by Structural level Finally, the structural level corresponds to the sequential and temporal organization of meaning units in a discourse. This level is known as the structure of a discourse and is identified as the discourse schema, script, or frame. It is at this level that distinctions among narrative, argumentative, procedural, or conversational discourse can be made.

Overseas Training

The examiner has a checklist of points to consider when marking and a marksheet, pre-printed for each individual candidate. The examiner is supposed to observe you and not intervene, except in very limited circumstances. you will not be required to have a conversation with the examiner you should only direct your remarks to him or her if the instructions specifically ask you to do so.

Performance on Specific and Formal Measures

Despite adequacy of conversational language, children with left hemisphere damage show subtle to moderate impairments in selective aspects of language. In children with injuries acquired during childhood, expressive and receptive complex syntax is particularly vulnerable (Aram, Ekelman, and Whitaker, 1986, 1987 Aram and Ekelman, 1987). At school age, an on-line sentence comprehension task suggested that their strategies for interpreting syntactic structures were developmentally delayed compared with those of normal learners (Feldman, MacWhinney, and Sacco, 2002). However, children with right hemisphere damage also showed developmental delays on this task. An alternative explanation to the interpretation that syntax skills may be particularly vulnerable to left hemisphere injuries is that subjects with left hemisphere damage have greatest difficulty with the most developmentally advanced areas on an experimental assessment (Bishop, 1983). In this regard, children who sustain left...

The Relationship between Semantic and Autobiographical Memory

Despite severe impairment on formal tests of naming and word comprehension, patients with semantic dementia sometimes use surprisingly low-frequency vocabulary in their conversation (Snowden et al., 1994). A patient who could not name a flower, pencil or scissors, on visual confrontation or from verbal description, nonetheless uttered sentences such as, I help prepare the chalice for the Eucharist and Anne is catering manager at the agricultural college (Snowden et al., 1995). How can such an anomaly be explained We observed that conversation in semantic dementia patients invariably revolves around their personal experience. We hypothesized that concepts relating to patients' daily lives might be available precisely because of their link to preserved experiential autobiographical memories, i.e. in a system that is becoming progressively degraded, what might remain may be those components of knowledge that are linked to individual experiential memories. as a receptacle for flowers, in...

Synapses and action potentials

A large-scale phenomenon such as democracy can be empirically studied only by examining the low-level mechanisms that make it possible. Our main concern may well be the high-level concepts of social justice and self-determination, but such social phenomena depend fundamentally on the details of the underlying democratic procedures undertaken by individual citizens (filling out ballot sheets, counting the votes, examining the locations and accessibility of voting stations, studying the frequency of citizen participation in referenda and the election of politicians, etc.). Stated negatively, the concept of democracy is not fruitfully approached by discussion of anecdotal impressions of the atmosphere of democratic or undemocratic states. Similarly, the processes that lead to both cognition and consciousness must be studied initially at the local cellular level. It is of course not the case that the discussion of mind ends with an understanding of the neuron, but it is essential that...

Reasoning Beyond Grammar Evidence From Native And Non Native Signing Deaf Children

To examine the effects of access to language on cognitive development, Peterson and Siegal (1999) compared groups of severely and profoundly deaf children aged 5 to 12 years in their performance on theory of mind tasks. One group of children consisted of native signers from households with fluently signing deaf conversational partners. Another consisted of children from hearing families who learned sign language later In indicating that ToM reasoning extends beyond grammar, these findings establish the critical role of early access to conversational input. A deaf child growing up with a signing deaf family member may have the same access to conversation, and to an explicit ToM, as do normal hearing preschoolers, even though the medium for communication is sign language rather than speech. By contrast, up to the point of entering a signing classroom at school, the communication of deaf children with hearing family members can be limited to topics with a visual reference (Meadow, 1975)....

Referential Intent In Naming And Categorization

Young children's use of intention to guide their use of multiple names for the same object indicates that their early naming incorporates a ToM. At the same time, it serves to undermine the proposal of a Mutual Exclusivity assumption that cues in language learning initially constrain children to link objects to only a single label exclusive to the category in which these belong (Markman, 1984 Merriman et al., 1995). Deak & Maratsos (1998) gave naming tasks to children aged 3-4 years that involved contrasts and inclusiveness in pairs of words. Using this method, they found that children exhibited considerable flexibility in their representations of objects. For example, rather than linking an object such as a dinosaur-shaped crayon to a single label, children can use the speaker's intent in the context of a conversation to infer when the object should be labelled as a dinosaur or a

Sexism And The Kibbutz Life

Assertive, dominating, competitive, critical, and self-controlled. They sought power and independence above all. Women from the same cultures wanted to be loving, affectionate, impulsive, sympathetic, and generous. They sought to serve society above all. Studies of male conversation find it to be public (that is, men clam up at home), domineering, competitive, status-obsessed, attention-seeking, factual, and designed to reveal knowledge and skill Female conversation tends to be private (that is, women clam up in big groups), cooperative, rapport-establishing, reassuring, empathetic, egalitarian, and meandering (that is, to include talk for talk s sake).

Affect inferences from voice cues

Human inferences about emotion based on voice cues are extremely common and important in everyday life (see the introduction). For instance, imagine that a man at a call center receives a phone call from a customer. Within a few seconds, the man taking the call is able to infer that the caller is angry, and that the person, in fact, is getting increasingly angry during their conversation. Studies of affect inferences from voice cues aim to explain how such judgments come about. Key questions are

Right Hemisphere Language and Communication Functions in Adults

The role of the right cerebral hemisphere in language and communication represents a relatively young area of research that has grown rapidly since the late 1970s. Recent interest in the role of the right hemisphere reflects an emphasis on language as a tool for communication in natural contexts, and an awareness that normal language use is the product of many regions of the two hemispheres working in concert. Left hemisphere structures are routinely linked to the nuts and bolts of what might be termed basic language phonology, lexical semantics, and syntax. In contrast, right hemisphere structures have been implicated in less tightly constrained domains, including some uses of prosody (the ''melody'' of speech), metaphor, discourse such as conversations, stories, indirect requests, and other forms of nonliteral language, and even the social-cognitive basis for discourse. These domains most closely associated with the right hemisphere are especially sensitive to context and are...

Overview and Potential Accounts of Symptoms in Characteristic Deficit Domains

A growing literature suggests possible impairments of building, extracting, applying, or manipulating the mental structures that guide discourse processing after right hemisphere damage (Beeman, 1998 Tompkins, Fassbinder, et al., 2002). Again, contrasting findings abound (Tompkins, 1995). For example, although the output of adults with right hemisphere damage most often is described as verbose, digressive, and lacking in informative content, some produce a paucity of spoken discourse (Myers, 1999). Deficits in organizing and integrating elements of discourse structure may be evident as well. As with the lexical-semantic investigations, confounds introduced by typically metalinguistic assessment tasks (Tompkins and Baumgaertner, 1998) create difficulties for interpreting much of the literature on discourse in adults with right hemisphere lesions. Discourse production often is investigated in terms of conversational pragmatics. In the few available studies,...

Multiband Compression

Other work that found negative results used compression parameters that were not reasonable and time constants that were too slow. Long time constants with compression produce very different results and are not in the category of syllabic compression. Such systems typically have artifacts, such as noise pumping, or they simply do not react quickly enough to follow a lively conversation. Imagine, for example, a listening situation with a quiet and a loud talker having a conversation. In this situation, the compressor gain must operate at syllabic rates to be effective. The use of multiple bands ensures that a signal in one frequency band does not control the gain in another band. Slow-acting compression (AGC) may be fine for watching television, but not for conversational speech. Such systems might be viewed as a replacement for a volume control (Dillon, 1996, 2001 Moore et al., 1985 Moore, 1987).

The Stranger As Partner

In the initial contact I usually have a long telephone conversation with the parent. I explain my videotape approach and my preference that the first meeting be a lab visit, because I can see more with the aid of the videotaped interaction. However if the parent prefers, I start with an office visit. In the lab, infant with mother, father, stranger, and possibly nanny are videotaped in face-to-face interaction. A long session, usually two hours, greatly facilitates the work of the feedback session. I have reviewed the videotape in detail prior to the session, informed by the patterns of regulation documented by research microanalyses, described above. In the session I follow the parent's lead, attempting to construct with the parent the stories of the presenting complaints and the parent's own history. This initial psychoanalytically informed conversation is a critical background to our ability to understand the story that unfolds in the videotape. Other important aspects of the...

Cyrano And Scheherazade367

Utterance must seem relevant to listeners if it is to attract their attention. If language's content was shaped by the psychological biases of our ancestors, what subject matter would seem most relevant to a highly social primate The answer, of course, is social content. If our ancestors were already spending most of their conscious lives thinking about one another, and worrying about their relationships, they would have a psychological bias to favor social content in their conversations. Gossip would fill their hunger for social information. If we had evolved from solitary spiders, our language would be as dominated by webs and flies as were our spidery minds. The social content of human speech may have no direct social function it may simply reflect the optimal way to excite a mind already geared to social information, as a form of socially and sexually attractive entertainment. The better entertainers benefit by attracting better friends and mates. Gossip may exploit the social...

Box 348 The Option To Not Test

Even a brief conversation with Jill shows her to be expressive and intelligent, with her striking prettiness often lit up by warmth and sympathy and humor that have to have been assets in her nursing career. However, when Jill was growing up, people who did not know her well sometimes decided that she was a bit stuck-up or standoffish. If you were to meet her, you would wonder how anyone could think her manner anything but friendly. That is, you might wonder, unless you looked down and saw her constant canine companion, a beautiful yellow lab wearing a sign saying, Please do not pet me, I am working. Jill was born deaf and as a teenager began losing her sight. She was mainstreamed in the public school system, learning to speak words she could not hear and to hear spoken language through a combination of lip-reading and other cues. She was adept at carrying on a conversation with someone sitting across from her at the lunch table or standing and talking to her in the hall. However, if...

Listening To Adults At Work

It is the transcript of a conversation between a nurse and his supervisor. The aim of this study is to use the linguistic-conversational level to highlight the links between constructs derived from studies on theory of mind and studies on workplace and organizations. In the last years the strong growth of the narrative and conversational approach (Zucchermaglio, 1996 Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach & Zilber, 1998 Van Maanen, 1998) implied a growing centrality of the linguistic dimension both in terms of research, and in terms of organizational intervention.

Commonsense Psychology in the Preschool Years

By 2 years of age, children's model of the psychological world has started to resemble clearly that of adults. They understand that people, including themselves and others, have perceptions, feelings, and desires in relation to objects and events in the world around them. They can even participate in play interactions with others over imaginary objects. As we will soon see, 2-year-olds express this understanding in the conversations they have with others. But there is more to be learned. In the preschool years from age 2 to 5, children elaborate their commonsense psychology further to include a variety of more complex psychological relations, most importantly those that involve perspectives (see chap. 2). They start to construct a model of the world that distinguishes the perspectival from the real. In this chapter, we examine these further developments in commonsense psychology. only to the content of their utterance but also to their attitude toward that content. So in the example...

Where Partnerships Can Be joined or Loosened in an Instant

From the observation that romantic comedy is a rather more successful film genre than documentaries on the lives of great inventors. This is not just because romantic comedy depicts attractive people progressing through a successful courtship by exploiting each other's neophilia. It is also because romantic comedies form part of our own courtship efforts. We can (indirectly) pay Hollywood scriptwriters to make our intended romantic partners laugh. But our ancestors could not do this, and even now it does not suffice. If we prove boring during the conversation after the film, our dates may say they had a lovely time, but let's be just friends. You can't buy love. You have to inspire it, partly through humor, the premier arena for advertising your creativity.

Summary of Evidence in Support of the Index Projection Hypothesis

Jean-Rene Duhamel has suggested to me in conversation that this implication may have arisen from the fact that the publication reporting this phenomenon (Duhamel, Colby, and Goldberg 1992) showed a drawing of the monkey's view, which may have suggested that all the features in that view were remapped. This was not intended and is unlikely to be true. The retina does indeed contain a different (shifted) image after the saccade, but there is no reason to believe that all receptive fields of neurons in LIP are remapped to accommodate this shift. In fact it was argued in a slightly different context by Henriques et al. 1998 that only a few task-relevant objects are remapped, and the selection depends on attention (see also Colby and Goldberg, 1999).

The Role Of Language And Multiple Representations In Understanding Perspectival Diversity

We have explored children's understanding of the diversity of perspectives in two types of situation. First, we looked at how children's acquisition of psychological terms comes to reflect an understanding of perspectives. Then we reviewed children's developing ability to think about different perspectives in situations where there are two or more representations of the same object or state of affairs. In principle, these two manifestations of the understanding of perspectival diversity might occur relatively independently. Perhaps children gain a facility with psychological terms by engaging with others in conversations using those types of words. Within these conversations, they learn how these words are involved in the modal constructions used for expressing perspectives. In parallel, children may gain an understanding that the world can be represented in more than one way through experience with contrasting representations of that world. For example, they may remember situations...

Functional Hearing Loss in Children

The hallmark of FHL in children is inconsistency in audiometric test results. The diagnosis of FHL in children is generally easier than in adults, because children are less able to consistently produce erroneous results on repeated testing (Pracy et al., 1996). A common presentation of possible FHL is the child who demonstrates no difficulty in conversational speech but has a voluntary pure-tone audiogram that suggests difficulty in speech recognition (Stark, 1966). Speech audiometric results that are better than the pure-tone results are another common indicator of FHL in children (Aplin and Rowson, 1990). Behavioral responses to speech audio-metry typical of FHL in children include responding to only one syllable of a test word or to only one phoneme presented at a given intensity (Pracy et al., 1996). Hosoi, Tsuta, Murata, and Levitt (1999) reported several indicators of FHL in children seen during audiometric testing. These indicators included (1) poor test-retest reliability, (2)...

Dysarthrias Characteristics and Classification

The clinical diagnosis is based primarily on auditory perceptual judgments of speech during conversation, sentence repetition, and reading, as well as performance on tasks such as vowel prolongation and alternating motion rates (AMRs for example, repetition of puh, ''tuh,'' and ''kuh'' as rapidly and steadily as possible). Vowel prolongation permits judgments about respiratory support for speech as well as the quality, pitch, and duration of voice. AMRs permit judgments about the rate and rhythm of repetitive movements and are quite useful in distinguishing among certain dysarthria types (e.g., they are typically slow but regular in spastic dys-arthria, but irregular in ataxic dysarthria). Visual and physical examination of the speech mechanism at rest and during nonspeech responses (e.g., observations of asymmetry, weakness, atrophy, fasciculations, adventitious movements, pathological oral reflexes) and information from instrumental measures (e.g., acoustic, endoscopic,...

The poisoning of George III

Towards the end of October, signs appeared that his brain was being affected. He became talkative and agitated. He rambled, and at times became giddy. On Wednesday, 5 November he had a big row at dinner with the Prince of Wales when the conversation turned to the subject of murder. Stung by a remark of the Prince's, the King attacked his son physically. The Queen had hysterics and the Prince burst into tears.

InPrint and Online Resources

The Rapid Prototyping Mailing List (RPML) is an ongoing conversation among 1500+ people. Edited and categorized archives can be found at the RPML site of Helsinki University of Technology (http .) The Compleat RPML Archives are the entire contents of all messages posted from September 11, 1995, to today. The list archives tens of thousands of pages of information, which can be used as a source of advice, case studies, contact information, expert individuals, and market data.

From Social Interaction to Social Relationships

That characterize many social exchanges throughout the rest of life. Most importantly, there is an apparent turn-taking structure with both participants acting in response to the other. Because of this turn-taking structure, these interactions have also been termed protoconversations (e.g., Bateson, 1975 Trevarthen, 1979). However, they differ fundamentally from the large majority of interactions, including true conversations, involving older children and adults. Interactions between older participants typically involve a topic or a point to the conversation. As we will see in chapter 6, it is only in the second half of the first year that interactions gain a focus on some third thing and become triadic.


In this section I look at vocabulary size as an example of how sexual selection may have shaped language evolution. If language evolved in part through sexual choice as an ornament or indicator, it should be costly, excessive, luxuriant beyond the demands of pragmatic communication. How could we measure whether language is excessive Vocabulary is convenient to study because we can count how many words people know, whereas we do not yet know how to measure the complexity of grammar or the social strategies of conversation. More importantly, we can count how many words people would need to know for pragmatic purposes, and see whether our vocabularies are excessive. Is a vocabulary of 60,000 words excessive Most of it is not used very often. The most frequent 100 words account for about 60 percent of all conversation the most frequent 4,000 words account for about 98 percent of conversation. This sort of power law distribution is common the 100 most successful movie actors probably...

Social Reintegration and Self Esteem

Not-for-profit organizations and centers such as the Pat Orato Aphasia Center in Ontario and the Aphasia Center in Oakland, California, provide community-based programs for aphasic people and their families, including the training of relatives and professionals as better conversation partners. Through such programs, the psychosocial well-being of both aphasic participants and their families is improved (Hoen, Thelander, and Worsley, 1997). Training volunteers as communication partners results in gains in psychological well-being and communication among aphasic participants, caregivers, and the communication partners themselves. In philosophy and approach, these centers resemble United Kingdom charities such as Speakability and Connect. Organizations like these are increasingly offering more long-term and psychosocially oriented programs. Many use volunteers, who figure increasingly in social reinte-

Interview With Dane Miller

How Biomet was founded DM Well, I guess the very starting point was a conversation that Jerry Ferguson and I had in late 1975 when I had made a decision to leave my current employer and Jerry's employer Zimmer, and move to California to join Cutter Biomedical. We talked somewhat facetiously about the prospects of starting a company. By the time we thought about it, I think we realized it was probably impossible. Jerry then called me again in early '77 and said, Well I think it's time. So we began the planning with a group of people. Ultimately Jerry and I were the only surviving partners and we added Niles Noblet and Ray Harroff and incorporated the company in November of '77, which became our official start date, but began operations in January of '78. Our original plans were to found a company that could utilize the manufacturing support industry here in Warsaw, IN,

Otitis Media Effects on Childrens Language

More than 80 of children have had at least one episode of otitis media before 3 years of age, and more than 40 have had three or more episodes (Teele, Klein, and Rosner, 1989). The middle ear transmits sounds from the outer ear to the inner ear, from which information is carried by the acoustic nerve to the brain. In OME, the middle ear is inflamed, the tympanic membrane between the outer and middle ear is thickened, and fluid is present in the middle ear cavity. The fluid can persist for several weeks or even months after the onset of an episode of otitis media. The fluid generally results in a mild to moderate conductive hearing loss. The hearing loss is typically around 26 dB HL, but it can range from no hearing loss to a moderate loss (around 50 dB HL), making it hard to hear conversational speech. It has been suggested that frequent and persistent hearing loss during the first few years of life, a time that is critical for language learning, causes later language difficulties....

The Ancient Medical Treatises

Athlete pushed out the supporting beam of another school roof, hurting many students. Images on graves depict young men reading scrolls. The older medical works were written during the transition from oral to recorded history. Though Greece imported its alphabet in 900 BCE, its written language was evolving while the medical works were being written. Conventions like writing from left to right were not settled until about 300 BCE, a century after the writing of many of the medical texts.2 This partly explains why the sentence structure of the Oath is not known.3 It also partly accounts for the grammatical peculiarities, including incomplete sentences in the medical works, though corrupt translations, miscopying, and reconstructions of partially obliterated material also affected this material. Many of the medical documents were written to aid a lecturer's memory. Some address an audience directly Having spoken about all the febrile diseases, I come now to speak about the rest. 4 Some...

Outside Family Sphere Transactional

These extracts involve the use of coping mechanisms in order to achieve everyday tasks such as listening to the radio or doing the shopping. Some coping mechanisms are straightforward practical actions, such as turning the television or radio up so that it can be heard, or how they position themselves within a group. However, some involve the use of a learnt, prepared script, so that none of the conversation is misunderstood or ignored. By learning this script in the everyday sense of shopping, the participant will avoid the embarrassment of missing out on the interaction between them and the cashier, thus the prevention of loss of face. The notion of face is an important one, seen throughout the cases, and is one that seems to be of great importance in the public sphere.

The Scheherazade Strategy

Because verbal courtship is mutual, we might expect men to feel equally frustrated by women lapsing into habitual silence as a relationship ages. This seems less often lamented, either because men develop less hunger for conversation, or because women maintain their verbal courtship effort at a higher pitch for longer. Evolution has extended human verbal display from the early stages of courtship through the entirety of sexual relationships. Talking keeps relationships interesting. Women use the Scheherazade strategy, but so do men. Long after partners grow overfamiliar with each other's bodies, the Scheherazade strategy trying to keep conversations interesting throughout a relationship keeps them from growing bored with each other's company. This probably brought mutual benefits to our ancestors. It allowed our female ancestors to keep useful males around, and it may have helped those males to overcome their sexual novelty-seeking when it became counterproductive. As brain size...

Poverty Effects on Language

A variety of evidence suggests that an important mediator of the relation between SES and language development in children is the nature of the language-learning environment provided by the family (Hoff, 2003) and that low levels of parental education, more than low income per se, affect the language-learning environment in the home. Two predictors of language development, the talk parents address to children and the exposure to books that parents provide, differ as a function of parental education. Compared with children of more educated parents, children of less educated parents hear less speech, hear less richly informative speech, receive less support for their own participation in conversation, and are read to less (Hart and Risley, 1995 HoffGinsberg, 1998 U.S. Department of Education, 1998 Hoff, Laursen, and Tardif, 2002). When mediators of the relation between family SES and child language have been examined, properties of children's language-learning environments have been...

The coding of human emotions

Most often, of course, there will be no conflict between the literal message and the emotional prosody both the verbal message and the tone of voice will tell the same story - and the conversation will inevitably continue in the one direction indicated by both linguistic and paralinguistic information. At other times, there will be a mismatch between the literal message and the tone of voice, but there will be no uncertainty regarding the true meaning. If I say in a sarcastic tone of voice Oh, yeah, I really want to go out to dinner with you, you will know that the meaning is no , even if the literal answer was yes . The tone of voice will have trumped the literal meaning. At other times, the literal language will be inherently ambiguous and the use of intonation will be decisive in determining its meaning The question that needs to be answered is Precisely what are the factors that allow normal people most of the time to figure out what the real meaning of conversational speech is...

Fluoride can be fatal

On the morning of the 25 th she had gone to work as usual to a local box factory and at lunchtime she returned home where she was invited by her next door neighbour Mrs Cola Leming to have a coffee. The two women were seen by a neighbour to be drinking and talking together on the top step of the back porch of the Leming home. The conversation might well have become less than friendly because Cola had previously run off with Mamie's husband Will the previous October and they had lived together as man and wife in New Orleans. Although they had returned to Bogalusa, and to their respective spouses, Cola still had hopes of one day marrying Will and had persuaded him to begin divorce proceedings.

What Can Go Wrong with the Doctor Patient Relationship

Fail to understand that patients have different needs. When a 50-year-old woman called the surgeon's office to ask about the risks of her upcoming spine surgery, the assistant relayed this information from the surgeon to the patient You have less than a 5 percent risk of infection, less than a 1 percent risk of paralysis, and less than a 1 percent risk of death. What the patient really needed was a personal conversation with the surgeon to express her fears, get reassurance that the surgery was absolutely necessary, and get his commitment to do all he could to make sure that things turned out well. Not all patients need that comprehensive a response, but it is important that physicians respond to the variability of needs.

The Human Mind as a Set of Fitness Indicators

Our species was not the first to stumble upon the fact that complex behaviors make good fitness indicators. Songbirds reveal their fitness by repeating complicated, melodious songs. Fruitflies do little dances in front of one another to reveal their genetic quality Bowerbirds construct large mating huts ornamented with flowers, fruits, shells, and butterfly wings, presumably to reveal their quality. In fact, many species appear to use their courtship behaviors as fitness indicators. The distinctive thing about humans is that our courtship behavior reveals so much more of our minds. Art reveals our visual aesthetics. Conversation reveals our personality and intelligence. By opening up our brains as advertisements for our fitness, we discovered whole new classes of fitness indicators, like generosity and creativity.

What Do We Know About Normal Bilingual Development

There is an extensive body of research on the development of pragmatic (or conversational) skills in bilingual children. Bilingual children are able to use their two languages differentially and appropriately with others, even strangers with whom they have had no or limited contact this is evident even in children in the one and early two-word stage (Genesee, Nicoladis, and Paradis, 1995 Lanza, 1997 Comeau and Genesee, 2001 Genesee, 2002b). Bilingual children's pragmatic abilities can be limited by their proficiency. In particular, they may not stick to the language of their conversational partner if their vocabulary, syntactic, or pragmatic skills in that language are not well-developed. In such situations, the child may call up the resources of the other language and code mix. Code mixing is the use of sounds, words, syntax, or pragmatic patterns from both languages in the same utterance or stretch of conversation. Some bilingual children may even prefer to code mix...

Entering the field methods of access and data collection

Kritjanson et al. (1994), de Raeve (1994) and Randall and Downie (1996) have all written specifically about the practical, moral and ethical problems involved in conducting research amongst palliative care populations. As Kritjanson et al. suggest, dying patients become easily fatigued, are likely to experience some degree of physical discomfort, and also suffer in response to their knowledge of impending death, the stress of settling their affairs, and the emotional strains of dealing with family members (1994 11). It was largely for reasons such as these that direct observation and informal conversation techniques were used very extensively as methods of data collection in the hospice, whereas formal interviews were only employed extremely rarely. Formal interviews not only seemed to be too obtrusive to many patients and their families in a substantial number of instances they simply were not viable. Some patients, for example, were heavily sedated during their stay in the hospice,...

Language and Communication

Once, after being introduced to an audience of nurses to whom I spoke about the medical needs of recent Russian Jewish immigrants, I began my talk in Yiddish. Don't panic, I said, switching to English after a few sentences and letting them in on my prank, but think of what it would be like if you didn't understand what was going on in your new country. Think also what you would feel like if you didn't understand what your doctor was saying to you about a matter of great importance. The body of my talk dealt with the immigrant's adjustment to life in the United States and to the American system of medical care, but I used it as a metaphor Any barrier to understanding gets in the way of productive discourse. Complete understanding and speaking the same language facilitate important decisions and genuine collaboration. There is no comparison between a conversation between a patient and physician allied with each other and one that is confrontational, patronizing, or full of jargon. Sit....


As the disease worsens, the signs become more pronounced. This early forgetfulness gradually evolves into a second stage of severe memory loss (especially for recent events). Patients may remember things that happened long ago, but they cannot remember yesterday's dinner menu or what they heard on television. They may become disoriented in time or place and begin to lose their way even in familiar territory. Their concentration and ability to calculate numbers worsens, and they may begin to have trouble finding the right word (dysphasia). The patient's conversation becomes more and more senseless, and judgment begins to be affected.

From The Ground Up

As any adolescent can tell you, parting ways with the adults isn't easy. You can't live somewhere else, you don't have a full-time job, and even if you can drive, it's their car. One way you can put distance between yourself and your parents, however, is to update their language. You can throw away some words, change the meaning of others, and add new ones to put your stamp on every conversation. With their lockboxes for chromosomes, their bold exploitation of oxygen, their compulsive use of membranes, their internal skeletons, and their odd ideas about commitment and intimacy, animal cells were as different from their elders as low-rise-jeans-wearing, multiply pierced, skateboard-toting, electronically enhanced modern adolescents are from theirs. Yet the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. Cells, whether prokaryote or eukaryote, had to navigate the same capricious environment, face the same challenges collecting and disseminating information. The availability of...


In one of Geschwind's (1982) most neglected papers, he noted that the single most common consequence of diffuse RH-damage, as seen in the neurological clinic, is the confusional state. He defined this condition as one in which the ability for speech production is normal, but the coherence of verbal output is degraded, leading to unwitting humor, paramnesias and an inability to carry a train of thought to its logical conclusion. Being based on clinical observations, Geschwind's argument that the RH normally prevents confusion must be considered anecdotal, but raises the interesting question of what state we are in when we are not confused . Whether in conversation or in a monologue of speaking or writing, when ideas fall into place and lead to coherent conclusions, it might be said that each word, thought or statement is in context - and that cognition as a whole is contextually-grounded. If such coherency is a function of the RH, it may be that the highest level contribu


Interpretation of dreams involves three stages. First, the dreamer recalls the dream, retelling it in detail. Second, in the amplification of the dream, the dreamer elaborates on the dream images, describing associations of the people and symbols contained in the dream (Mattoon, 1978). In the third stage, active imagination, the dreamer continues with the dream imageiy in waking imagination, adding new episodes or otherwise continuing the symbolic work toward the personal growth that was begun in the dream. For example, if a dream includes a woman, who may symbolize unconscious potentials in the the dreamer's psyche, then having an imagined conversation with that woman can further the psychological development begun by the dream (Beebe et al., 2001).

Cardiff Data

In Cardiff, the primary aim of the study was to explore whether having a family history of hearing loss is a positive, a negative or a neutral phenomenon (Stephens & Kramer, 2005).Therefore, condensed meaning units (in total 150) were grouped into a positive, a negative, a neutral or a general theme. In total, 30 of the meaning units were what might be termed 'general effects', not obviously related to the family history, but related to the hearing loss in general. An example of such a general effect is 'I feel I miss out a lot, I don't enter into conversation'. Of the remaining 70 of the meaning units, 57 were positive, 19 negative and 24 neutral. Table 6.4 shows the distribution of the positive, negative and neutral responses of both the Cardiff data and the Amsterdam data. The most common positive impact concerned realising the


Looking at transactional aspects of communication and coping mechanisms for the family sphere and outside family sphere groups, we can see some differences. In the outside family group the coping mechanisms used are generally pre-learnt and prepared scripts when dealing with people outside the family, for example, doing the shopping and dealing with customers at work. However, in the family sphere group, coping strategies used in order to communicate are more direct, such as asking for things to be said, facing them or presenting their good ear, or even just isolating themselves from conversation. When communicating with strangers there is a fear that their self-esteem, face and social standing are at risk if they are perceived to be disabled or needing more assistance or not able to fulfil their job requirements. At home, with the family, this is not so much an issue and the hearing loss can be apparent and has more of a disease association.

Lady Gourmand

Nothing is more pleasant than to see a pretty woman, her napkin well placed under her arms, one of her hands on the table, while the other carries to her mouth, the choice piece so elegantly carved. Her eyes become brilliant, her lips glow, her conversation is agreeable and all her motions become graceful. With so many advantages she is irresistible, and even Cato, the censor, would feel himself moved.

Dialect Speakers

Although it is relatively easy to identify the language forms that differentiate a nonstandard dialect from one that is viewed as standard, it is much more difficult to identify patterns that distinguish one nonstandard dialect of a language from another. One reason for this is that many nonstandard dialects of a language share the same contrastive patterns. Unique contrastive patterns for different nonstandard dialects are particularly rare when the dialects being compared are produced in the same community and by speakers of the same social class. Oetting and McDonald (2001, 2002) illustrated this finding by comparing the contrastive patterns of two nonstandard dialects spoken in southeastern Louisiana. The data for this comparison were language samples of children who lived in the same rural community and attended the same schools. Forty of the children were African American and spoke a southern rural version of AAE, and 53 were white and spoke a rural version of SWE. The AAE and...


Mon everyday routines, such as going to a restaurant or making a sandwich. Knowledge structures also include knowledge of common patterns of conversational exchange, such as question-answer sequences (Schegloff, 1980). Conversational discourse represents a discourse type very different from the other discourse genres. Research on conversational discourse emphasizes the role of context and social interaction (e.g., Schiffrin, 1994). A basic unit of analysis for this genre is the speech act, a construct derived from early work in the philosophy of language (Austin, 1965 Searle, 1969). Speech acts are utterances defined by their pragmatic functions, such as making statements, asking questions, making promises, and giving orders. The sequence of speech acts can display a coherence that extends beyond any one speech act. On this basis, van Dijk (1981) proposes his notion of a macro-speech act, which consists of sequences of speech acts that function socially as one unit. The use of these...

Further Readings

Lectures on conversation. Cambridge, MA Blackwell. Schegloff, E. A. (1990). On the organization of sequences as a source of ''coherence'' in talk-in-interaction. In B. Dorval (Ed.), Conversational organization and its development (pp. 51-77). Norwood, NJ Ablex. Schiffrin, D. (1994). Approaches to discourse. Oxford, U.K. Blackwell. Tannen, D. (Ed.). (1984). Coherence in spoken and written discourse. Norwood, NJ Ablex. Tannen, D. (1984). Conversational style. Norwood, NJ Ablex. van Dijk, T. A. (1972). Some aspects of text grammars. The

Memory Disorders

One morning in June 2002, a young man named Steven arrived at my office for an evaluation, having been referred by his primary care physician. Steven was pleasant and amiable, and he easily made conversation. Although he had difficulty providing detail about his history, he was able to tell me that he had been having memory problems since being injured in a motor vehicle accident six months earlier. He spoke somewhat vaguely about his current circumstances where he was living, family members in the area, and so on. Although he could recall very little about the specifics of his work, he was able to provide a step-by-step depiction of the process for handcrafting a leather vest, which had been his profession until the time of the injury.

Intonatopic maps

Implication (5) leads directly into the world of the relationship between language and emotion (Kovecses 2000) and will not be pursued here. Suffice it to say that when emotional states are expressed through language, the subsequent linguistic response (in a monologue or conversation) will be motivated by the tonal implications in the RH intonatopic map. In a word, harmonic tension in the voice will not be left standing, but will be followed by resolution in the form of the establishment of dominance or subordinance of one of the players in the narrative.


Episodes usually occur one to two hours after going to sleep. Most last fifteen minutes or less, but they can go on for an hour more. Sleepwalkers' eyes are open and they can see what they're doing, but they wear a blank expression, do not respond to their name or conversation, and generally lack the sense of awareness 168, we associate with wakefulness. Movements tend to be clumsy,


Profoundly d Deaf people may not always be able to effectively communicate using speech. Individuals from large culturally Deaf families may use very little speech, if any. This means that conversations in a clinic setting that are totally focused around speech can be difficult. Deaf people will often have very good voice control and their speech may be quite clear. However, this can sometimes be rather misleading to the hearing person, who wrongly assumes that all they are saying is being understood. As with any conversation, where one person is communicating in a different language, it is important not to make assumptions about the level of understanding. Checking this out throughout the conversation can help. The focus of good communication not only applies to the consultation, it needs to be in place right from the moment the individual or family are referred, through to when they walk through the door of the genetics clinic, including the interaction with receptionist. The staff...

Manage Stress

There's no magical stress buster that works for everyone. You need to find activities and coping strategies that are effective for you. For some people, the answer is yoga or a nature walk for others, it might be listening to music or having a heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend. Exercise is a proven method of relieving stress. Aerobic exercise, such as running, brisk walking, bicycling, and swimming, is an excellent way of burning off stress and negative emotions. Resistance training (weight lifting) is an underappreciated form of exercise with excellent stress-relief effects. ,165


There has been an interesting debate within the Deaf and the interpreting community reflecting the evolution of thinking about the role of the interpreter (Cragg, 2002 Hull, 2002 Turner & Harrington, 2002). Historically, it is accepted that the interpreter is there to translate the conversation taking place as transparently as possible, adding none of their own judgements nor missing out any asides not directed towards the Deaf person, but which a hearing person would have heard. However, over time it has been recognised that the maturing interpreting profession has developed the view of interpreter as 'machine' where one language goes in and another comes out with identical meaning to a point where the interpreter is seen to 'generate action, make choices and exercise decisive power' (Tate & Turner, 1997). This recognition of working in the 'real world', where a completely disinterested and neutral perspective is difficult if not impossible to achieve, strikes me as having...

Varieties I

Matter under discussion would not interrupt conversation, or that a pretty woman never disturbs any entertainment. Dinner did not interrupt conversation. They talked of the affair which had occasioned the visit, of the war, of business, of other things which made a bad dinner passably good. The conversation passed from subject to subject, but I, as a philosopher, thought the secret of the preparation of such a dish must be valuable. I ordered my cook to obtain the recipe in its most minute details. I publish it the more willingly now, because I never saw it in any book.

Deafnesshearing Loss

Providing genetic assessment to a deaf individual or couple can be challenging at many levels (Israel et al., 1996). A hearing health provider may have trouble obtaining a medical-family history from a deaf client, because of communication barriers. Deaf individuals may use any combination of skills to communicate, such as a signed language like American or British Sign Language (ASL and BSL, respectively), lip reading, a tactile communicator (for a deaf-blind individual), writing on paper, or using a laptop computer. Phone conversation between an individual with hearing loss and the hearing health provider can be accessed through a TTY message-relay system. The service operator relays, word for word, the communication between the message typed by the deaf person to the hearing person, and vice versa. A certified ASL interpreter (preferably one with medical knowledge) should interpret during clinical visits.


A key to producing successful esophageal speech is getting air into the esophagus consistently and efficiently, followed by immediate sound production for speech. Esophageal speech has distinct advantages over other alaryngeal speech techniques. The esophageal speaker requires no special equipment or devices, and the speaker's hands are not monopolized during conversation. A significant disadvantage of esophageal speech is that it takes a relatively long time to learn to produce voice that is adequate for everyday speech purposes. Additionally, insufficient loudness and a speaking rate that is usually slower than before laryngectomy are common concerns of esophageal speakers. Although some become excellent esophageal speakers, many do not attain a level of fluent speech sufficient for all communicative situations. There are disadvantages associated with tracheoe-sophageal puncture. The laryngectomee may dislike using a thumb or finger to cover the tracheostoma when speaking, and use...

The adult poisoner

Sparkes's trouble began on the evening of Wednesday, 10 February when he had a conversation with Young, who gave him a glass of water. During the night he was violently sick and had diarrhoea, which persisted for four days, accompanied by pains in his testicles. When he next played football the following Saturday he was still unwell and after a few minutes of play he had to leave the field. About six weeks after this incident Sparkes spent an evening with Young and drank some wine, after which he was again very ill. He went on Thursday, 8 April to see his doctor who diagnosed a urinary infection. Luckily Sparkes left Slough on Friday, 30 April and never saw Young again until his trial 15 months later. However, his troubles persisted throughout the summer of that year he was twice examined in hospital where he was treated for strain and muscular troubles, and it was not until the autumn of that year that he began to recover. Young had one or two odd traits such as cleaning his teeth...

How Do Statins Work

Still, some people have muscle aches right after starting a statin that go away when they stop taking it. About eight of every ten thousand people who take a statin develop severe muscle pain or weakness. Stopping the drug almost always makes the problem disappear. Some physicians routinely measure the levels of muscle protein in the blood, called creatine kinase (CK or CPK), to look for early signs of statin-induced muscle injury. I don't find the test of much value. Patients on statins can have muscle pains without CK elevations, and they can have CK elevations in the absence of muscle pain, even when not taking a statin. Asking patients about their muscle symptoms has been the best way for me to determine if the statin is causing a problem. If we are unsure, we stop the drug for a while and see what happens. The blood test can't give a definite answer, but, most often, a careful conversation between the doctor and the patient can.

Clinical Syndrome

Automatic behaviors are activities that occur without full awareness or memory. A clinical description of these events involves a number of features. Their duration can last anywhere from minutes to a few hours. Typically, patients will notice that they are drowsy immediately preceding the behavior. This is followed by a period of amnesia. An observer might notice that the patient continues his or her previous activity in a semiautomatic way. If the activity was simple or routine, the patient may be able to continue without a problem, but if the activity is complicated, mistakes usually occur. This can lead to serious problems in the workplace. When asked a simple question, the patient may be able to answer, but complicated questions elicit inappropriate or bizarre answers. Patients will continue to write or talk on the phone in a daze, only to discover later that their writing or conversation was nonsensical. Many patients experience automatic behaviors while driving having complete...


Pragmatics may be defined as ''the study of the rules governing the use of language in social contexts'' (McTear and Conti-Ramsden, 1992, p. 19). Although there is some debate as to what should be included under the heading of pragmatics, traditionally it has been thought to incorporate behaviors such as communicative intent (speech acts), conversational management (turn taking, topic manipulation, etc.), presuppositional knowledge, and culturally determined rules for linguistic politeness. Some authors, working from a framework in which pragmatics is seen as the motivating force behind other components of language such as syntax and semantics, include an expanded list of behaviors within this domain. For example, from this latter perspective, behaviors such as those occurring in the interactive context of early language acquisition would be considered pragmatic. Despite difficulty in determining where the boundaries of pragmatics should be drawn, as one considers how language is used...

Verbal Courtship

Much of human courtship is verbal courtship boy meets girl usually means boy and girl talk. At every stage of courtship, language is displayed, and language is subject to mate choice. Teenagers agonize over the words they will use when they telephone someone to ask for a date. Stuttering, sudden changes in voice pitch, awkward grammar, poor word choice, and uninteresting content are usually considered such fatal errors by their perpetrators that they often hang up in shame, assuming that they will remain sexual failures forever. Things are not so different a little later in life. Adults in singles bars nervously rehearse their pickup lines, and mentally outline their conversational gambits. After basic greetings, verbal courtship intensifies, progressing through self-introduction, observations concerning immediate social surroundings, compliments, and offers of minor favors. If mutual interest is displayed, people go on to trade more personal information, searching for mutual...

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