Neuropsychopharmacologia Hungarica

Volume 10, Issue 5 (December 2008) [translated version]

Original paper

The decoding of the flouting of the Gricean relevance maxim is impaired in mental retardation caused by perinatal hypoxia. A brief report

Tamas Tenyi1, Gyorgyi Csabi2, Edina Hamvas1, Eszter Varga1, Robert Herold1
1 Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Pécs, Hungary
2 Department of Pediatrics, University of Pécs, Hungary

The authors examined the decoding of the flouting of the Gricean relevance maxim among children with mental retardation compared to a mental age matched control group with average intellectual capacities, where the cause of mental retardation was perinatal hypoxia. They have investigated the decoding deficit by five short "question and answer" conversation vignettes, where the flouting of the relevance maxim was presented. They have found significant deficit in the mental retardation group in their capacity to decode properly the flouting of the Gricean relevance maxim. These data are the first that point at a pragmatic language use deficit in mental retardation caused by perinatal hypoxia.

Keywords: mental retardation, pragmatics, Gricean maxims, perinatal hypoxia

 

Eredeti közlemény

Nyelvpragmatikai deficit mentális retardációban - Rövid közlemény

Tényi Tamás1, Csábi Györgyi2, Hamvas Edina1, Varga Eszter1, Herold Róbert1
1 Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Pécs
2 Department of Pediatrics, University of Pécs