Dr Carol Legg

Lecturer, Speech and Language Pathology


B.A. (Speech and Hearing Therapy)

M.A. (Speech Language Pathology)

PhD (WITS University)

Teaching area

Adult Language Disorders

Teaching courses

Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders


My research and clinical focus is on aphasia and other acquired neurological language disorders in adults. I have particular interest in the experience of language loss in South Africa's unique sociocultural context and what this means for relevant assessment and practice. I hold a doctoral degree for my anthropological account of the current situation of adults living with communication disorders in an urban black township.

Awards & Honours

Recognised medicolegal expert in adult language disorders


Health Professions Council of South Africa


Legg, C. and Penn, C. (2014). The relevance of context in understanding the lived experience of aphasia: Lessons from South Africa. ASHA SIG17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, 4 (1): 4- 11.

Legg, C. and Penn, C. (2013). Uncertainty, vulnerability and isolation: Factors framing quality of life with aphasia in a South African township setting. Chapter in L. Manderson and N. Warren (Eds). Social Indicators Research Volume 52: Reframing disability and quality of life: A global perspective. Pp. 17 – 38. Dordrecht: Springer.

Legg, C. and Penn, C. (2013). A stroke of misfortune: Cultural interpretations of aphasia in South Africa. Aphasiology, 26 (2): 1- 19.

Legg, C., Penn, C., Temlett, J. and Sonnenberg, B., (2005). Language Skills in Adolescents with Tourette Syndrome, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Jan-Feb; 19 (1):.15-33.

Legg, C., Young, L. and Bryer, A. (2005). Training 6th year medical students in the use of supported conversation techniques in a medical interview with adults with aphasia. Aphasiology, 19 (6): 559 – 575

Legg, C. and Sonnenberg, B. (1998). Changes in Aspects of Speech and Language Functioning Following Unilateral Pallidotomy. Aphasiology, 12 (3): 257 - 266.