Eleven agrammatic and 16 fluent aphasic patients were given a comprehension task consisting of simple, active and passive reversible sentences. The purpose of the study is to reconsider the comprehension disorders in agrammatism and particularly of passive reversible sentences, to test to what extent Grodzinsky's trace deletion hypothesis (TDH) is generalizable to other types of NP-movement, and finally to ascertain whether the pattern of impairment observed in agrammatism differs from that of fluent aphasic patients. The study confirms that trace analysis may be selectively impaired in agrammatism. However, this deficit is not the only mechanism underlying comprehension disorders and cannot be said to occur in all agrammatic patients. Comprehension disorders also involve the processing of clitic object pronouns which also underly NP-movement. Finally, the impairment found in fluent aphasic patient differs, both in type and severity, from that of agrammatic patients, thus confirming the peculiar aspects of the agrammatic comprehension deficit suggested by Grodzinsky's TDH. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Luzzatti, C., Toraldo, A., Ghirardi, G., Lorenzi, L., & Guarnaschelli, C. (2000). Syntactic comprehension deficits in agrammatism. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 43, 319-324.

Syntactic comprehension deficits in agrammatism

LUZZATTI, CLAUDIO GIUSEPPE;
2000

Abstract

Eleven agrammatic and 16 fluent aphasic patients were given a comprehension task consisting of simple, active and passive reversible sentences. The purpose of the study is to reconsider the comprehension disorders in agrammatism and particularly of passive reversible sentences, to test to what extent Grodzinsky's trace deletion hypothesis (TDH) is generalizable to other types of NP-movement, and finally to ascertain whether the pattern of impairment observed in agrammatism differs from that of fluent aphasic patients. The study confirms that trace analysis may be selectively impaired in agrammatism. However, this deficit is not the only mechanism underlying comprehension disorders and cannot be said to occur in all agrammatic patients. Comprehension disorders also involve the processing of clitic object pronouns which also underly NP-movement. Finally, the impairment found in fluent aphasic patient differs, both in type and severity, from that of agrammatic patients, thus confirming the peculiar aspects of the agrammatic comprehension deficit suggested by Grodzinsky's TDH. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
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aphasia; trace deletion hypothesis; agramamtism; language comprehension deficits
English
319
324
Luzzatti, C., Toraldo, A., Ghirardi, G., Lorenzi, L., & Guarnaschelli, C. (2000). Syntactic comprehension deficits in agrammatism. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 43, 319-324.
Luzzatti, C; Toraldo, A; Ghirardi, G; Lorenzi, L; Guarnaschelli, C
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