ERIC Number: ED129048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
La perception des morphemes grammaticaux chez les aphasiques (The Perception of Grammatical Morphemes in Aphasics). Montreal Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 2.
Goodenough, Cheryl; And Others
Studies have indicated that agrammatical aphasics tend to better realize morphemes with a high level of semantic value. A study sought to examine the effect of the variation of the information content of the article on its comprehension by the aphasic. The appropriate and the significant nature of the function words "the" and "a" were varied with relation to the extralinguistic context to see whether these distinctions would be noted by the aphasic. Eighteen aphasics were studied: 4 Broca, 5 Wernicke, 5 mixed anterior, and 5 anomic. Three members of the laboratory staff served as a control. Drawings containing 3 figures, 2 sharing a color and 2 sharing a shape, were shown. A tape gave instructions, with 8 possibilities, to: "Press the/a/white/black/round/square one." The following conditions resulted: (1) inappropriate article plus definite adjective, (2) appropriate article plus non-definite adjective, (3) inappropriate article plus definite adjective, and (4) inappropriate article plus non-definite adjective. It is concluded that articles are not normally informative in English, and therefore do not lend themselves to this type of analysis. Because English does not provide the means to vary systematically the informative content of the article, it was not possible to elicit correlated variation in responses. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montreal Univ. (Quebec).; Quebec Univ., Montreal.; McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec).
Note: In French