Discrimination of voice versus place contrasts in aphasia

Gabriele Miceli, Carlo Caltagirone, Guido Gainotti, Paola Payer-Rigo

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A phoneme discrimination test based upon CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant) syllables was administered to 36 aphasics, 91 brain-damaged subjects, and 42 normal controls, in normal listening conditions. Errors in the discrimination of voice and place contrasts were determined, and the scores (voice-minus-place errors) obtained by the four experimental groups were compared statistically. Aphasic patients, when compared with the other groups, show a greater difficulty in discriminating place than voice contrasts. Some implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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