Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Anomic Aphasia

  • Anastasia RaymerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_856


Anomic aphasia is the language impairment that involves only word-finding difficulties or pure anomia in contrast to other forms of aphasia (Harnish 2015). Other language modalities typically are intact in anomic aphasia, including auditory comprehension of language, repetition of words and sentences, and spontaneous generation of sentences, yet struggle may be noted to retrieve words during sentence generation.

Current Knowledge

Anomic aphasia is a form of language disorder associated with acquired brain damage typically affecting the left cerebral hemisphere (Raymer 2011). Anomic aphasia can be manifest as a difficulty in retrieving specific intended words, often nouns, but sometimes verbs, during the course of sentence generation. The grammatical characteristics of the sentence remain intact. The moments of word retrieval difficulty lead to long pauses, insertion of filler words, or selection of wrong words (paraphasias) during conversation or other word retrieval...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication Disorders and Special EducationOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA