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Rimke is a visiting postdoctoral research fellow from the Netherlands, working in the department of Speech Pathology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.
Rimke graduated from the University of Groningen with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts (Communication and Information Sciences). She worked in industry before pursuing a second Master’s degree (Neurolinguistics). She was awarded a joint PhD degree from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), the University of Potsdam (Germany) and Macquarie University (Australia) in 2015. The title of her thesis was “Direct and indirect speech in aphasia: Studies of spoken discourse production and comprehension”.
Rimke has published research in the area of aphasic interaction analysis in peer-reviewed international journals, and presented at national and international conferences dedicated to the science of aphasia. Rimke has worked as a lecturer, a researcher and a study advisor for the department of Linguistics at the University of Groningen. Since 2015, Rimke has also worked as a project manager for AfasieNet, a Dutch platform for people with aphasia and their beloved ones, speech therapists, and other professionals working with individuals with aphasia.
Rimke’s primary research interest lies in the investigation of everyday discourse in individuals with aphasia. She is interested in its liveliness, comprehensibility, and non-verbal and paralinguistic aspects.
Rimke is currently working on a 2-year (individual) research programme, titled “The use of direct speech as a compensatory device in aphasic interaction” with project number 446-16-008, which is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For this project, she is collaborating with Professor Elizabeth Armstrong and her research group.
The project focuses on the use of enactment (e.g., John said: just go for it!) by individuals with aphasia. Previous studies have suggested that people with aphasia rely on the use of enactment more often than healthy language users. Some researchers suggest that this increased use of enactment reflects an adaptation strategy that enables speakers with aphasia to avoid grammatically complex constructions and words of low frequency, while making optimal use of their relatively intact conceptual, prosodic, paralinguistic, and non-verbal skills. In the current research project, Rimke tests these hypotheses addressing various parameters of enactment in everyday interaction of people with aphasia and their significant others.
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