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Professor Louise Cummings

Education: PhD in Linguistics

Affiliation: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


Department of English

Chung Sze Yuen Building

Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2766 7978






Louise Cummings is Professor in the Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She teaches and conducts research in pragmatics and clinical linguistics. She is the author of several books: Pragmatics: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), Clinical Linguistics (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), Clinical Pragmatics (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Rethinking the BSE Crisis (Springer, 2010), Communication Disorders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Pragmatic Disorders (Springer, 2014), The Communication Disorders Workbook (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Pragmatic and Discourse Disorders: A Workbook (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Reasoning and Public Health (Springer, 2015), Case Studies in Communication Disorders (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Speech and Language Therapy: A Primer (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She has also edited The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2010), The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Research in Clinical Pragmatics (Springer, 2017).

Selected Publications

Cummings, L. (2021). Language Case Files in Neurological Disorders. New York: Routledge.
Cummings, L. (Ed.). (2021). Handbook of Pragmatic Language Disorders: Complex and Underserved Populations. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 1-22.
Cummings, L. (2020). Language in Dementia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cummings, L. (2020). Fallacies in Medicine and Health: Critical Thinking, Argumentation and Communication. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.