When two and too don't go together: A selective phonological deficit sparing number words

Giulia M L Bencini, Lucia Pozzan, Laura Bertella, Ileana Mori, Riccardo Pignatti, Francesca Ceriani, Carlo Semenza

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Abstract

We report the case of an Italian speaker (GBC) with classical Wernicke's aphasia syndrome following a vascular lesion in the left posterior middle temporal region. GBC exhibited a selective phonological deficit in spoken language production (repetition and reading) which affected all word classes irrespective of grammatical class, frequency, and length. GBC's production of number words, in contrast, was error free. The specific pattern of phonological errors on non-number words allows us to attribute the locus of impairment at the level of phonological form retrieval of a correctly selected lexical entry. These data support the claim that number words are represented and processed differently from other word categories in language production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1052-1062
Number of pages11
JournalCortex
Volume47
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Number words
  • Phonological representations
  • Wernicke's aphasia
  • Word production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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