Naming by German compounds

Margarete Hlttmair-Delazer, Barbara Andree, Carlo Semenza, Ria De Bleser, Thomas Benke

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A picture naming task requiring the correct naming of forty-nine compounds as compared to monomorphemic nouns was given to a group of fifteen German speaking aphasics. The analysis of errors in response to compound targets yielded the following characteristics: semantic paraphasias and phonologically well-formed neologisms tended to reflect the compound structure of the target in a large percentage (73% of 124 verbal paraphasias). Compound paraphasias and neologisms often (48% of 91 compound verbal paraphasias) contained one component of the target. Nearly all errors respected German word building rules. These results suggest that aphasics retain knowledge about the compound status of a word and are able to use compounding rules, although they are unable to retrieve the correct lexical word form. Information of the morphological (compound) form seems therefore to be accessed separately from the lexical word form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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