Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Dissociations in Word Deafness

Sue Franklin, Julie Morris, Judy Turner

Department of Psychology, University of York, York, UK

Four dysphasic patients were investigated who all had impairments in auditory word comprehension. Testing on auditory processing, phoneme discrimination and lexical tests suggested that each patient had a different pattern of deficit. JS was impaired at all auditory, non-speech tests as well as tests which required the processing of auditory speech sounds. TON's deficit was confined to speech sounds, but interpretation of this deficit was complicated by the fact that he had a mild hearing loss. MW was only impaired in the test that required semantic processing, and could thus be considered a word meaning deaf patient. DrO's comprehension deficit was similar to that of MW except for a specific problem in tasks requiring phonological processing. This research was supported by the Medical Research Council. We are also grateful to the British Aphasiology Society for their support.

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Bibliographic reference.  Franklin, Sue / Morris, Julie / Turner, Judy (1994): "Dissociations in word deafness", In ICSLP-1994, 771-774.