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Founding Co-editor

Martin J. Ball [+-]
Bangor University
Dr Martin J. Ball is Honorary Professor in the School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University, Wales. Until recently he was Professor of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics at Linköping University, Sweden, having formerly held the position of Hawthorne-BoRSF Endowed Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his bachelor’s degree with honours in Linguistics and English from the University of Wales (Bangor); his Master’s degree in phonetics and linguistics from the University of Essex; his Ph.D. from the University of Wales (Cardiff), and a DLitt degree from Bangor University. Dr Ball has authored and edited over 35 books, 50 contributions to collections and 100 refereed articles in academic journals. He has also presented at conferences around the world. He is co-editor of the journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics (Taylor & Francis); and of the book series Studies in Phonetics and Phonology (Equinox), Communication Disorders across Languages (Multilingual Matters), and Language and Speech Disorders (Psychology Press). His main research interests include sociolinguistics, clinical phonetics and phonology, and the linguistics of Welsh. He has been President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association; he is an honorary Fellow of the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. His most recent books are Principles of Clinical Phonology (Routledge, 2016) and Challenging Sonority (co-edited with N. Müller, Equinox, 2016).


Charlotta Plejert [+-]
Linköping University
Charlotta Plejert received her PhD in Linguistics from Linköping University. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, and at Center for Dementia Research (CEDER). Her research interests include Conversation Analysis, communicative disabilities in children and adults, and second language interaction and acquisition. Recent publications: Plejert, C. and Samuelsson, C. (2010). Language development in normal children and in disease – an interactional approach to typical language development and children with language impairment. In V. R. Preedy (ed.) Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, 1363-1377. New York: Springer; Plejert, C. and Sundqvist, A. (2013). A dialogical approach to Theory of Mind in aided and non-aided child interaction. In N. Norén, C. Samuelsson and C. Plejert (eds) Aided Communication in Everyday Interaction, 153‒187. London: J&R Press.
Jack S. Damico [+-]
University of Colorado Boulder
Jack S. Damico is a clinical linguist and a speech-language pathologist with a master’s degree in communicative disorders and a PhD in linguistics. With over 12 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, medical settings and in private practice, his research focuses on the authentic implications for individuals with atypical language and communication skills and on the development of clinical applications to assist in overcoming communicative problems. Working primarily in the areas of aphasia in adults and language and literacy difficulties in children from both monolingual and bilingual backgrounds, he specializes in the utilization of various qualitative research methodologies to investigate language and communication as social action. A particular interest revolves around conversation and the various compensatory behaviors that individuals use to overcome their difficulties. His work is based upon a constructivist orientation to learning and language functioning. Professor Damico teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on neurological impairments in adults, processes in language-literacy and language development, and language-literacy impairments in children. An ASHA Fellow, he is the editor of the Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, the foremost qualitative research journal in communicative disorders and has recently joined the University of Colorado Boulder faculty after 28 years as the Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Assistant editor

Ryan Nelson
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

About the Journal

The Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders provides a unique forum for qualitative research relating to speech and language disorders, therapeutic and educational interactions, and for research into the contextual issues involved in these interactions. It also includes quantitative studies in the area of social interaction. The journal publishes wide-ranging, well-formulated clinical studies employing ethnographic methods, conversation analysis, grounded theory, case studies, phenomenology, biographical studies, and historical methodology. Research involving systemic functional linguistic theory or relevance theory, systemic and cognitive phonology, and interactional phonetics, is also encouraged.

The journal fills a gap in the existing market of periodical literature by publishing work that examines social interactions or institutional discourses that relate to clinical and educational populations and contexts. The emphasis is on the areas of communication and socialization but this is seen as encompassing both verbal and non-verbal semiotic systems as well as issues of social roles and interactional dynamics. Research articles and reports are the typical form of presentation in the journal. However, articles focusing on relevant theoretical issues and review articles also have a place. Particularly in a journal with such cross-disciplinary potential, such extended reviews of certain background issues or theories are considered very useful to the readership.