The Varieties of Naming Errors 1967

  • Norman Geschwind
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 16)


Four syndromes are discussed in which there occurs failure of naming on confrontation. The first is the anomia of posterior aphasia-producing lesions. The second is a much more delimited disturbance produced by lesions which isolate certain sensory regions from the speech area (probably from the left angular gyrus in particular) and which may be best characterized as failure to match certain sensory stimuli to their spoken names. The third syndrome is that of non-aphasic misnaming which occurs in disorders which diffusely involve the brain. The fourth is anomia occurring as a manifestation of hysteria or malingering. The clinical syndromes are outlined as well as the distinguishing features of the anomia in each type. Some of the theoretical problems raised by each form of anomia are also discussed.


Angular Gyrus Spontaneous Speech Perceptual Difficulty Akinetic Mutism Speech Area 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Geschwind
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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