Word formation: New evidence from aphasia

Carlo Semenza, Brian Butterworth, Marta Panzeri, Tiziana Ferreri

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Three aphasic patients are described whose speech contains invented word-forms which are legal combinations of meaningful parts of real words, like "fratellismo" (brother + ness) instead of "fratellanza" (brother + hood), and from combinations of meaningless and meaningful parts, like "terness + ico" (where "ico" is a real adjectival ending). These phenomena are previously unreported. On the assumption that brain-damaged patients use residual rather than novel abilities, these forms, along with the patients' predominant use of real compound words, indicate that speakers have a procedure for composing polymorphemic words online, but this is employed just when trying to find a whole word fails.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropsychologia
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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Semenza, C., Butterworth, B., Panzeri, M., & Ferreri, T. (1990). Word formation: New evidence from aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 28(5), 499-502. https://doi.org/10.1016/0028-3932(90)90075-Y

Word formation : New evidence from aphasia. / Semenza, Carlo; Butterworth, Brian; Panzeri, Marta; Ferreri, Tiziana.

In: Neuropsychologia, Vol. 28, No. 5, 1990, p. 499-502.

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Semenza, C, Butterworth, B, Panzeri, M & Ferreri, T 1990, 'Word formation: New evidence from aphasia', Neuropsychologia, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 499-502. https://doi.org/10.1016/0028-3932(90)90075-Y
Semenza C, Butterworth B, Panzeri M, Ferreri T. Word formation: New evidence from aphasia. Neuropsychologia. 1990;28(5):499-502. https://doi.org/10.1016/0028-3932(90)90075-Y
Semenza, Carlo ; Butterworth, Brian ; Panzeri, Marta ; Ferreri, Tiziana. / Word formation : New evidence from aphasia. In: Neuropsychologia. 1990 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 499-502.
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