Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Word Meaning Deafness: Effects Of Word Type

Sue Franklin, Judy Turner, Julie Morris

Department of Psychology, University of York, Heslington, York, England

We report the case of a patient, Dr O, who has impaired auditory comprehension, but intact written comprehension. His ability to repeat words that he cannot comprehend, along with good performance on lexical decision suggest that Dr O has an impairment of the mappings between lexical and semantic representations; a word meaning deafness. Dr O's ability to understand heard words depends on their imageability and their length, such that he is poor at comprehending words which are short and abstract. This is interpreted in terms of lexical and semantic distinctiveness.

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Bibliographic reference.  Franklin, Sue / Turner, Judy / Morris, Julie (1994): "Word meaning deafness: effects of word type", In ICSLP-1994, 1159-1162.