Disentangling the web: Neologistic perseverative errors in jargon aphasia

Melanie S. Moses*, Lyndsey A. Nickels, Christine Sheard

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    This article explores the relationship between the neologisms and perseverative errors produced by KVH, a man with severe neologistic jargon aphasia. Detailed examination of KVH's level of language processing breakdown revealed mild difficulties with phonological encoding and severe difficulties accessing the lexical form of the word. Many of KVH's neologisms contained phonemes perseverated from previous neologisms, suggesting an integral relationship between the production of neologisms and the perseveration of phonemes. Furthermore, KVH's patterns of whole word (total) and phonological (blended) perseverations reflected his proposed underlying language processing deficits, consistent with recent literature on perseveration (e.g., Cohen and Dehaene, 1998). However, the simple binary distinction of total and blended perseveration is proposed to be somewhat limited for understanding the underlying nature of KVH's complex neologistic errors. Possible explanations regarding the mechanisms underlying the production of KVH's neologistic and perseverative errors also are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)452-461
    Number of pages10
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


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