Compounds in different aphasia categories: A study on picture naming

Carlo Semenza, Serena De Pellegrin, Irene Battel, Martina Garzon, Francesca Meneghello, Valentina Chiarelli

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This study investigated the production of compounds in Italian-speaking patients affected by different aphasia categories (i.e., Broca's, Wernicke's, and anomic aphasia) in a confrontation naming task. Questions of theoretical interest concerning the processing of compounds within the framework of the "lemma theory" as well as the role of morphological productivity in compound processing are addressed. Results indicate that all persons with aphasia retain knowledge of the morphological status of words, even when they fail to retrieve the corresponding phonological form (the "compound effect"). A difference was found among aphasia categories in the type of errors produced (omission vs. substitution) and in the position (first or second) of these errors within the compound words. In Broca's aphasia, the first component is omitted more frequently than the second one, but only in verb-noun compounds. Anomic and Wernicke's aphasia, unlike in Broca's aphasia, seem to retain sensitivity to morphological productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1107
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Aphasia
  • Compound words
  • Lexical access
  • Position effect
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Psychology


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