Selective impairment of morphosyntactic production in a neurological patient

Cynthia K. Thompson*, Stephen Fix, Darren Gitelman

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In this paper we describe the impaired morphosyntactic production of a neurological patient (R.B.). The patient's production of almost all freestanding morphological material (e.g. subjects, verbs, and function words) is unimpaired, while production of bound inflectional morphology is impaired. We show that this impairment involves featural information on both verbs and nouns and discuss it in the context of the Distributed Morphology model of morphosyntactic processing. We conclude that her error pattern is consistent with impaired ability to convert featural information to morphological material after sentence formation is complete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-207
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number3-5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Morphosyntactic production
  • Selective impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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