A Linguistic Classification of Phonological Paraphasias

  • Wolfgang Ulrich Dressler
Part of the Springer Series in Neuropsychology book series (SSNEUROPSYCHOL)


Any classification must have a purpose and must bebased on an underlying theory. The classification presented here has a threefold purpose:
  1. 1.

    To differentiate and compare normal speech errors (lapses, slips of the tongue) and aphasic (= pathological) phonological disturbances.

  2. 2.

    To differentiate phonological paraphasias produced by Broca’s, Wernicke’s and anomic aphasics (in the hope that phenomenological description can serve diagnostic and, albeit indirectly, therapeutic purposes; cf. Dressler, 1980b; Kotten, 1984).

  3. 3.

    To show how a phonological approach may contribute to a better un: derstanding of aphasic disturbances of sound structure, that is, to convince the reader that there is much more to phonology than is often thought. Phonology seems to be gravely underrated not only by neurologists, neuropsychologists, and speech therapists, but also by neurolinguists. Phonological concepts or criteria currently used are few and rather superficial; otherwise phonology is reduced to, and replaced by, phonetics (cf. Dressler, 1984a, b). The (interdependent!) relationship between phonetics and phonology will be discussed in the section on competence and in the conclusions; however, one example of this reductionism begins the section on the history of research.



Target Word Voice Onset Time Speech Error Syllable Type Phoneme Sequence 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Ulrich Dressler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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