The processing of compound words: A study in aphasia

Margarete Delazer, Carlo Semenza

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Tile naming difficulties of an aphasic patient (MB) are almost exclusively confined to compound words. The paraphasias in response to compounds always reflect the compound structure of the targets. Frequent semantically adequate substitution errors suggest the separate processing of single components at the lemma level. MB's specific difficulties probably arise when two lemmas are defined by one lexical entry, as we suggest for compounds. The compound structure, as well as the positions of the single lemmas within the compound, would be specified before lemmas are accessed. The lack of a positional effect in substitution errors suggests a parallel activation of the two components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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