Morphological representation of compound nouns: A study on Italian aphasic patients

Carlo Semenza, Claudio Luzzatti, Simona Carabelli

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Two experiments are reported whereby naming tasks for compound and monomorphemic nouns were administered to Italian aphasics. The results suggest that patients who are unable to retrieve compound nouns may still be able to retain morphological knowledge about target compound nouns in absence of the ability to retrieve its phonological form. These findings confirm previous observations in German speaking aphasics: an identical result in Italian was not easily predictable, given the differences of the Italian compounding system. Another important result came from the performance of Broca's aphasics who are known, as a group, to have difficulty in naming actions. They tended to omit the verb component of noun compounds with a verb-noun structure. This finding provides a strong indication that compound words are parsed into their component parts in the course of lexical retrieval.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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