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Constructing (in)competence by Judith F. Duchan, Madeline Maxwell, Dana Kovarsky

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Chapter 10

Reports Written by Speech-Language Pathologists: The Role of Agenda in Constructing Client Competence

Judith Felson Duchan

State University of New York at Buffalo

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) use a variety of discourse genres for their various activities. They engage in different types of oral discourse depending on who they are talking to and what they need to accomplish. When obtaining referrals, for example, they may converse with their professional peers about a client’s communication; when obtaining background history, they conduct interviews with their client or members of that person’s family; and when engaging in assessment and therapy activities they are likely to follow a preestablished oral script dictated by the ...

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