Narrative Strategies of Aphasic and Normal-Speaking Subjects A Picture Story Test for eliciting narrative speech was administered to five patients in each of the subgroups of Broca's and Wernicke's aphasic subjects and matched controls. While Wernicke's subjects and normal-speaking subjects did not differ significantly in total output, the proportion of significant target lexemes was four times as ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1980
Narrative Strategies of Aphasic and Normal-Speaking Subjects
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jean Berko Gleason
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Harold Goodglass
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Loraine Obler
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Eugene Green
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Mary R. Hyde
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Sandra Weintraub
    Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1980
Narrative Strategies of Aphasic and Normal-Speaking Subjects
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 370-382. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.370
History: Received November 1, 1978 , Accepted June 5, 1979
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 370-382. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.370
History: Received November 1, 1978; Accepted June 5, 1979

A Picture Story Test for eliciting narrative speech was administered to five patients in each of the subgroups of Broca's and Wernicke's aphasic subjects and matched controls. While Wernicke's subjects and normal-speaking subjects did not differ significantly in total output, the proportion of significant target lexemes was four times as great for normal-speaking subjects as for Wernicke's aphasic subjects. Broca's aphasic subjects, in spite of their telegraphic output, also had a smaller proportion of target lexemes than normal speakers. The proportion of nouns to verbs was elevated in the speech of Broca's aphasic subjects and depressed in the speech of Wernicke's aphasic subjects. Grammatical complexity was reduced in Wernicke's aphasic subjects, who used simple concatenation much more often than normal-speaking subjects. The Picture Story Test is suggested as a clinically useful technique.

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