Selective impairment of thematic role assignment in sentence processing

Alfonso Caramazza*, Gabriele Miceli

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We report the performance of a brain-damaged subject showing a particularly pure dissociation between impairment in processing thematic roles and spared ability to process the morphological structure of sentences. The thematic role processing impairment was observed in both comprehension and production of active and passive reversible sentences, although it was more severe for the latter sentence type. This pattern of performance poses interesting challenges for current conceptions of the nature of language breakdown in aphasia and for models of normal sentence processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-436
Number of pages35
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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