n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Language and madness : very germane areas of collaboration among linguists and psychiatrists

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Language use and communication among psychiatric patients and their caretakers are a very interesting and extra-ordinary research interest in linguistics. It requires a great knowledge of psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, pragmatics and psychoanalysis, Madness, inevitably, involves language. It has been observed by many psychologists and psychiatrists that the ability to speak coherently enough to respond appropriately to, and help create, recognizable social contexts helps to defuse human beings sense of full humanness. Also, radical deviation from normal speech interaction can cause interlocutors to judge one not only insane but less than completely human. The research methods used to gather data for this study was observation and interviewing. It was gathered that the use of language and communication are strongly connected with sanity or insanity. Sanity or insanity could be determined by how reasonable an utterance made by an interactant is, in a speech context. It was recommended that psychiatrists should collaborate regularly with linguists especially during diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric patients.

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