Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Linda A. MeyerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_907


Paraphasia is the production of unintended phonemes, syllables, or words during the effort to speak or to name in the absence of effortful or poor articulation of speech sounds. Production errors may take several forms including substitution of a semantically related word (chair for table), a word that is phonemically related (takle for table), an unrelated word (flower for table), or a nonsense word (spodle for table). Paraphasia is frequently an associated symptom in aphasia and in some forms of dementia.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Speech TherapyAugusta HealthWaynesboroUSA