The Role of Linguistic Knowledge in the Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders


  • Dr. Muhammad Asif Assistant Professor of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan. Author
  • Shumaila Aman Visiting Lecturer in English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan. Author
  • Mehvish Muzaffar Lecturer in English, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan. Author
  • Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. Author


Linguistic knowledge, Language disorders, Speech-Language Pathologists


Language serves as the foundation for linguistics and speech-language pathology (SLP), and there is enormous potential for knowledge exchange between these two fields. In developed nations like US, UK, and Australia, where studies have shown that professionals employ linguistics-related resources to treat speech and language disorders, the relevance of linguistic experts is widely accepted (Cummings, 2008; Ball & Muller, 2009; Bowen, 2011). However, it appears that research on cooperation between linguists or speech and language pathologists is not given enough attention in nations like Pakistan.  The main aim of this research was to determine the significance of linguistic knowledge in the treatment of speech-language disorders. The data was collected from 39 SLPs(Speech Language Pathologists) using interview as an instrument. The interviews were conducted to evaluate the role of linguistic knowledge in the therapy of various speech & language disorders. Research findings revealed that the speech therapists reported to have taken linguistics courses and possess a good understanding of phonetics and phonology. Linguistics knowledge is beneficial when assessing disordered speech and language since abnormal speech is measured and judged using linguistic parameters. The findings of current research also suggest that SLP modules in Pakistan should additionally cover Urdu linguistics. Speech or language therapy should, therefore, involve thorough instruction on Urdu pronunciations, especially vowels and consonants.


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The Role of Linguistic Knowledge in the Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders. (2023). International Research Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 4(4), 262-274.

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