Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Speech-Language Pathology

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor

Committee Members

Mrs. Courtney Andrews, Dr. Marc Fagelson, Dr. Martha Sherrill


Mental illness and language disorders are rarely linked together as a way of making a comparison. In this study, a comprehensive scoping review was initiated to discuss the differential diagnostic characteristics of expressive language in Schizophrenia and Wernicke’s Aphasia (WA). This study will examine the domains of language where there are overlaps between the characteristics of expressive language. Semantics, pragmatics, and discourse will be further examined while comparing what aspects of expressive language are key in each domain. Schizophrenia being classified as a mental illness and WA being classified as an acquired language disorder, there are fundamental properties of language that are synonymous; however, the terms used can be different. This study will discuss the process and reasoning behind a scoping review. The results of this scoping review will identify the gaps in the literature addressing similarities between the patterns of expressive language use in these two diagnoses.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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