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When does lexical availability influence phonology? Evidence from jargon reading and repetition

Pilkington, E., Sage, K., Saddy, D. and Robson, H. (2020) When does lexical availability influence phonology? Evidence from jargon reading and repetition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 35 (4). pp. 521-540. ISSN 2327-3801

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2019.1676456


Jargon aphasia is a language disorder characterised by phonological and nonword error. Errors are thought to arise when target segments are insufficiently activated, allowing non-target or recently used phonology to intrude. Words which are more frequent and familiar reside with greater degrees of activation and therefore should be less susceptible to error. The current study tested this hypothesis in a group of ten people with Jargon aphasia using single word repetition and reading aloud. Each task had two lexicality conditions, one high and one low lexical availability word set. Measures of nonword quantity, phonological accuracy and perseveration were used in group and case series analyses. Results demonstrated that fewer nonwords were produced when lexical availability was greater. However, lexicality effects on phonological accuracy and perseveration were only observed in repetition in a sub-group of moderately impaired individuals, demonstrating that lexical information does not consistently influence phonological processing in Jargon aphasia.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:86235
Uncontrolled Keywords:aphasia; jargon aphasia; frequency; imageability; reading; repetition; lexical; phonological
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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