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Aphasia and text writing
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Centre for Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: International journal of language and communication disorders, ISSN 1368-2822, E-ISSN 1460-6984, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 230-243Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background:

Good writing skills are needed in almost every aspect of life today, and there is a growing interest in research into acquired writing difficulties. Most of the findings reported so far, however, are based on words produced in isolation. The present study deals with the production of entire texts.

Aims:

The aim was to characterize written narratives produced by a group of participants with aphasia.

Methods & Procedures:

Eight persons aged 28–63 years with aphasia took part in the study. They were compared with a reference group consisting of ten participants aged 21–30 years. All participants were asked to write a personal narrative titled ‘I have never been so afraid’ and to perform a picture-based story-generation task called the ‘Frog Story’. The texts were written on a computer.

Outcome & Results:

The group could be divided into participants with low, moderate, and high general performance, respectively. The texts written by the participants in the group with moderate and high writing performance had comparatively good narrative structure despite indications of difficulties on other linguistic levels.

Conclusions & Implications:

Aphasia appeared to influence text writing on different linguistic levels. The impact on overall structure and coherence was in line with earlier findings from the analysis of spoken and written discourse and the implication of this is that the written modality should also be included in language rehabilitation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Vol. 45, no 2, p. 230-243
Keywords [en]
Aphasia, Text writing, Word-level errors, Text structure, Coherence
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-5791DOI: 10.3109/13682820902936425ISI: 000274879000008PubMedID: 22748034Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-76749118120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-5791DiVA, id: diva2:351745
Available from: 2010-09-15 Created: 2010-09-15 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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