Lexical and buffer effects in reading and in writing Noun-Noun compound nouns

Sara Mondini, Giorgio Arcara, Carlo Semenza

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Reading and writing Noun-Noun compound nouns was investigated in two Italian aphasic patients: one with phonological dyslexia and the other with phonological dysgraphia. The patients were required to read, write and repeat a list of Noun-Noun compounds and length-matched non-compound nouns. The dyslexic patient RF read compounds better than non-compounds, and his repetition was flawless for both categories. The dysgraphic patient DA wrote non-compounds better than compounds because of a deficit in keeping separate entries at the lemma level. Differential performance when processing compounds and non-compounds is the result of a deficit in different components within the mental lexicon architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Compound nouns
  • graphemic buffer
  • phonological dysgraphia
  • phonological dyslexia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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