ERIC Number: ED380988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Grammatical Complexity of Aphasic Speech.
Spoken narratives as a genre usually show literary stylistic features. Written/literary registers are characterized by lexical density whereas spoken/colloquial genres are characterized by the complex combination of simple clauses into clause complexes. It has been observed that when aiming at informationally dense speech, people often hesitate and even commit speech errors, possibly due to time constraints. The present study provides support for the role of processing constraints in explaining stylistic variation. Aphasic subjects often produce longer stories than normal, and the stories show typical failures in trying to produce lexically dense speech under heavy processing constraints. Contain 13 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Aphasia, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Language Processing, Language Research, Language Variation, Linguistic Theory, Literary Genres, Oral Language, Qualitative Research, Speech Communication, Statistical Analysis, Story Telling, Syntax
Department of Phonetics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 35, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland (FIM 50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Aulanko, R., Ed.; and Korpijaakko-Huuhka, A. M., Ed. Proceedings of the Third Congress of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (Helsinki, Finland, August 9-11, 1993).