Argument structure and time reference in agrammatic aphasia

Roelien Bastiaanse*, Artem Platonov

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    It has repeatedly been shown that agrammatic speakers have problems with verbs: In narrative speech, they provide less information by verbs than healthy speakers and the verbs that they produce are often not inflected for tense and agreement. Several explanations have been given for this phenomenon, for example, that argument structure complexity plays an important role (Thompson, J Neurolinguistics 16:151–167, 2003) and that time reference, especially reference to the past, is hard for agrammatic speakers (Bastiaanse, J Neurolinguistics 21:104–119, 2008; Bastiaanse, Clin Linguist Phon 27:244–263, 2013). The current study tested the combined influence of argument structure and time reference through tense and aspect using the aspect assignment model and shows that agrammatic speakers use is influenced by a combination of factors, including telicity, transitivity, tense, and aspect rather than by arguments structure or past time reference alone.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCognitive Science Perspectives on Verb Representation and Processing
    EditorsRoberto G. de Almeida, Christina Manouilidou
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319101125
    ISBN (Print)9783319101118
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2015


    • Agrammatism
    • Aphasia
    • Argument structure
    • Aspect
    • Tense
    • Verb complexity

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