Aphasic syndromes

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(from the chapter) Examines the classical aphasic syndromes to discover their similar characteristics under the definition of syndrome. The advantages of these classical syndrome definitions include their predictive value and their ability to functionally relate symptoms. The author then describes problems with the classical aphasic syndromes, such as their avoidance of linguistic details of language impairments. The author argues for a psycholinguistic approach to aphasic syndromes, which involves describing aphasic language impairments in terms of impairments in psycholinguistic operations rather than in terms of tasks. The author argues that this approach can be seen as a natural extension of the approach that led to the classical syndromes, rather than as an entirely new direction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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  • David Caplan

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