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

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Chapter 13

The Construction of Incompetence During Group Therapy With Traumatically Brain Injured Adults

Dana Kovarsky

University of Rhode Island

Michael Kimbarow

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Deborah Kastner

Wayne State University

INTRODUCTION

Language and language incompetence do not exist as independent phenomena in the heads of speakers; they present themselves in contexts of interaction. From an interaction vantage point, internal language capacities do not predict communicative proficiency:

In order for two or more people to communicate, at whatever level of effectiveness, it is neither sufficient nor necessary that they “share” the same grammar. What they must share, to a variable degree, is the ability to orient themselves verbally, ...

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