Telegraphic speech is a component of agrammatism in which grammatical structure is reduced or absent (Marshall 2017). Telegraphic speech typically contains short, simplified phrases that primarily contain content words (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) of an intended message with a reduction or omission of free-standing (e.g., prepositions, articles, and conjunctions) and bound (e.g., verb inflections, derivational morphemes) grammatical morphology. An example of a telegraphic sentence would be “Man buy book” instead of “The man is buying the book.” (e.g., Chatterjee and Maher 2000).
Associated Disorders and Neurology
Telegraphic speech is a component of the symptom complex known as agrammatism, in which grammatical structure is reduced or absent (Marshall 2017). Agrammatism is most often associated with Broca’s aphasia, with damage to the superior division of the left middle cerebral artery, which includes and extends beyond the posterior,...
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