Sensitivity to inflectional morphology in agrammatism: Investigation of a highly inflected language

K. Lukatela, S. Crain, D. Shankweiler*

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Abstract

We present the results of a study with six Serbo-Croatian-speaking agrammatic patients on a test of inflectional morphology in which subjects judged whether spoken sentences were grammatical or ungrammatical. Sensitivity to two kinds of syntactic features was investigated in these aphasic patients: (1) subcategorization rules for transitive verbs (which must be followed by a noun in the accusative case; intransitive verbs can be followed by nouns in other noun cases); (2) sensitivity to the inflectional morphology marking noun case. The test items consisted of three-word sentences (noun-verb-noun) in which verb transitivity and appropriateness of the case inflection of the following noun were manipulated. Results of the grammaticality judgment task show that both syntactic properties are preserved in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBrain and Language
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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