Comprehension of nonlexical categories in agrammatism

S. Milekić*, Z. Bošković, S. Crain, D. Shankweiler

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The focus of the paper is a proposal advanced by Grodzinsky (1984, 1986, 1990) concerning a possible syntactic deficit in agrammatism with respect to nonlexical categories. Eight native speakers of Serbo-Croatian, who presented a clinical picture of Broca's aphasia with agrammatism, were tested. Subject's sensitivity to traces and their knowledge of the inflectional and determiner system was investigated using a grammaticality judgment paradigm. The processing load was further minimized by use of short sentences that unequivocally exemplified different syntactic violations. These steps led to significant improvement in the performance of agrammatic aphasics, a result that is incompatible with the claim that the content of nonlexical elements is lost in agrammatism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-311
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes


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