INSIGHTS FROM CLINICAL LINGUISTICS ON THE SOCIAL WELL-BEING OF THE NIGERIAN CHILD
OBED N. OJUKWU
DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT.
This paper highlights clinical linguistic science as a vital ingredient in the framework of whatever therapeutic structure there could he to circumvent the condition of the language disordered Nigerian Child, The complexities of First language (L1) acquisition is not as rigorous in normally articulating (NA) children as it is in those who have difficulty in learning language. This provides justification tor the notion that L1 acquisition is one of the most astounding teats humans accomplish especially so. in infancy. and without any formal procedure
In view of its entry in linguistic enquiries, clinical linguistics seeks to make linguistics contribution. not only in theories of language analysis. but also pragmatically in the ubiquitous instances of aberration in performance. To this end, the individual practitioner otters guidance. diagnostic assessments, rented)“. support and infatuation iii the interest of victims (especially children) and those who care for them. The clinical linguist is among the internationally acclaimed professionals whose services are necessary in speech therapy operations (Leahy 1989.53.60). And in our (lacs/tor literacy and its associated empowerment of the individual and society, this field of study becomes an area of interest as it seeks not just to rehabilitate the speech—impaired child. but also to reintegrate him/her into the nucleus of society wherein literacy infeasible and. indeed. possible. Professional bodies in some other countries have gone far in development: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA): College of Speech Therapists (CST) in the UK: etc. We have evidence from researches carried out on several language disordered children that clinical linguistics could be made to take its place in Nigeria as a veritable instrument in fostering literacy development among the speech-impaired. This is the main thrust of this discourse.