Syllable Structure in Wernicke’s Aphasia

  • Heinz Karl Stark
  • Jacqueline A. Stark
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Analysis of speech production of Wernicke’s aphasics confronts one, at first glance, with nearly unsolvable problems on all linguistic levels of analysis. Linguistic theory is thus greatly challenged when accounting for the symptomatology of Wernicke’s aphasics. We believe that linguistic theory can help explain one of the most interesting and puzzling phenomena in aphasic symptomatology, i.e., neologistic jargon. In the present study we analyzed the performance of two aphasics who produce phonemic jargon on a repetition and a naming task. The aim of this investigation was to elucidate the interactions between prosodic and morphosyntactic structures of neologisms and paraphasias within the framework of metrical phonology. In particular, we addressed the following questions: (1) Is there a hierarchy of impairment for the various constituents of syllable structure? (2) In what ways do the various levels/components interact on the prosodic and morphosyntactic hierarchy?


Syllable Structure Syllable Word Syllable Position Syllable Deletion Morpheme Structure 
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  • Heinz Karl Stark
  • Jacqueline A. Stark

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