1st Edition - January 28, 1985

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  • Editor: Mary-Louise Kean
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277660

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Agrammatism provides an overview of the state of knowledge on agrammatism, typically defined as a disorder of sentence production involving the selective omission of function words and some grammatical endings on words. The book opens with discussions of the diversity of the disorder. This is followed by separate chapters that address primarily questions of syntactic structure in agrammatism, from both linguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives. Within these two gross sections there is no consensus among the conclusions reached by the various authors. However, the position is taken that agrammatism is a disorder distinct from other aphasie disorders of sentence structure. This position is reconsidered in the final two chapters. Because of the intrinsically interdisciplinary character of research on agrammatism, it is hoped that the work presented in this volume will be of interest to linguists and psycholinguists working in areas outside the domain of aphasia, as well as to neurolinguists and neuropsychologists who are already involved in the study of language deficits.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    1 Is Agrammatism a Unitary Phenomenon?

    History of the Term 'Agrammatism'

    Individual Variations within Agrammatism

    Older Clinical Accounts and Explanations of Cross-Modal Associations and Dissociations

    Accounts of Agrammatism

    Dissociations among Agrammatic Phenomena

    Other Dissociations of Open- versus Closed-Class Words

    Psycholinguistic and Linguistic Aspects of the Content Word-Function Word Division

    A Preliminary Formulation: the Role of Meaning

    Critique of Data Presented in Support of Central Representation or Competency for Grammar

    Critique of Studies Comparing Agrammatic and Fluent Subjects

    Discussion: on Neuroanatomical and Psycholinguistic Models of Agrammatism

    Reconsideration of Syntactic Processing

    Lexical versus Syntactic Comprehension

    Fluency and Grammatical Output


    2 A Multicomponent Deficit View of Agrammatic Broca's Aphasia

    A Framework and Methodology for the Explanation of Aphasic Disorders

    Features of Agrammatism

    Symptoms Often Co-Occurring with Agrammatic Speech Production

    A General Model of Sentence Processing

    An Interpretation of Agrammatism


    3 Agrammatism: Structural Deficits and Antecedent Processing Disruptions

    The Neurological Organization of Comprehension and Production Systems

    Grammatical Characterizations of Agrammatic Aphasia

    Lexical Processing and Agrammatic Aphasia

    4 The Status of the Syntactic Deficit Theory of Agrammatism


    The Syntactic Description of Agrammatic Behavior

    Nonsyntactic Explanations: an Example

    Assumptions Underlying the Syntactic Deficit Theory

    Alternative Versions of the Syntactic Deficit Theory

    An Evaluation of the Syntactic Deficit Theory

    The Mapping Hypothesis


    Appendix: Published Reports on Patients

    5 Syntactic and Semantic Structures in Agrammatism

    Agrammatism as a Sign and as a Syndrome

    Descriptions of Syntactic and Semantic Structures in Agrammatism

    Competence and Performance in Agrammatism

    Sentence Production in Agrammatism

    Sentence Comprehension in Agrammatism


    Aspects of the Agrammatic Syndrome

    6 Two Notes on the Linguistic Interpretation of Broca's Aphasia

    Modular Approach

    Configurational and Nonfigurational Strategies


    7 On Parallelism between Production and Comprehension in Agrammatism


    Case Report


    Appendix: a Sample of Agrammatic Speech

    8 Agrammatism versus Paragrammatism: a Fictitious Opposition

    Introductory Remarks

    Comprehension and Intuitions in Agrammatics and Paragrammatics

    Language Production


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 282
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: January 28, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277660

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