A narrative is how we as humans convey a sequence of events and the actors in those events in a way that reflects our culture, our perceptions and experience of the events, and our conceptualizations of the listeners. Narratives are one of the most natural and common forms of human communication. Understanding narratives is therefore fundamental to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This entry explores the basic structure of narratives, followed by a description of how communication disorders can affect narratives. The role of narratives in assessment, intervention, and research is also described.

Types and Forms of Narratives

Narratives are whole performances of something that has happened to someone, along with the possible meanings of the events and the potential effects on listeners or ...

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