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Features of Spontaneous Language in Speakers with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Dysarthria

Wilkinson, Constance and Yorkston, Kathryn M. and Strand, Edythe A. and Rogers, Margaret
Features of Spontaneous Language in Speakers with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Dysarthria. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 4(4), November, 1995, pages 139-142.

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Abstract

Language samples (picture description) produced by moderately dysarthric speakers with ALS were compared with those of gender and age matched controls. Results indicated that dysarthric speakers produced the same number of concepts but fewer words than controls. Efficiency (as measured by content units/minute and words/content unit) was maintained in the dysarthria group by shortening phrases, reducing the number of mazes, and increasing the number of nongrammatical phrases. Measures of vocabulary were not different for the two groups. Discussion will focus on whether language changes are a compensation for dysarthria or reflect a subtle change in language ability.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:286
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (1995 : 25th : Sunriver, OR : June 1995)
Publisher:American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Publication:American Journal of Speech Language Pathology
Volume:4
Number:4
Pages:139-142
Publication Location:Rockville, Md.
ISSN:1058-0360
Additional Information:Copyright by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Used with permission.