Sunday, April 29, 2012


Chapter 2: Brain and Language 

Exercise 8

Alicia Kalberer

The following utterances were made either by Broca’s aphasics or Wernicke’s aphasics. Indicate which is which by writing a “B” or “W” next to the utterance.


a.  Goodnight and in the pansy I can’t say but into a flipdoor you can see it.  (W)    

c.  Oh…if I could I would, and a sick old man disflined a sinter, minter.  (W) 

     Wernicke's aphasia is characterized by fluent speech but incoherant semantics. This type of aphasic may use nonsense words and have a difficulty naming objects.  (Fromkin, Rodman, and Hyams, 2011, pp. 48-49)


b.  Well… sunset…uh…horses nine, no, uh, two, tails want swish.  (B)

d.  Words…words…words…two, four, six, eight,… blaze am he.  (B)

     Broca's aphasia, or agrammatic aphasics, is characterized by labored speech, word-finding difficulties, and it affects one's ability to form sentences adhering to the rules of syntax.   (Fromkin, Rodman, and Hyams, 2011, pp. 47-48)

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