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Paper   IPM / Cognitive Sciences / 7424
School of Cognitive Sciences
  Title:   Agrammatic Language: Two Cases From Persian
  Author(s):  R. Nilipour
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Aphasiology
  No.:  12
  Vol.:  14
  Year:  2000
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
The grammar of two right-handed monolingual native speakers of Persian who became aphasic subsequent to left traumatic brain damage is analyzed, and compared with control data. Assessment on the Farsi version of the Bilingual Aphasia Test (Paradise, Paribakht, Nilipour 1987) and the CLAS I connected speech analysis procedures (Menn Obler 1990, ch. 2) indicated that the two patients met the clinical picture of Broca's aphasia and showed the general characteristics of agrammatic speech. The data suggest that Persian agrammatism resembles the syndrome in order language in having severe disruption of the verbs and more reliance on nouns than on verbs. There are language-particular and individual patterns of interest, notably the use of ïs" as a completely general default verb by one subject and the tendency to omit NP-internal conjunctions. The present tense of the verb is also used as a default, in spite of being longer than corresponding past tense forms.

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