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Cogn Neuropsychol. 2004 Mar 1;21(2):317-30. doi: 10.1080/02643290342000357.

Sentence comprehension in semantic dementia: a longitudinal case study.

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University of Toronto, Canada.

Abstract

Sentence comprehension abilities were investigated in a patient with semantic dementia who was administered tests of semantic knowledge and sentence comprehension over a 5-year period. Results showed that despite a severe and continual degradation in semantic knowledge, syntactic comprehension abilities remained largely intact. Evidence was also found for a codependency between semantics and syntax in a task in which knowledge about conceptual number influenced subject-verb agreement in the patient and in control participants. Results are discussed in relation to the nature of the sentence comprehension impairment in semantic dementia and with reference to the modularity of the components of the language processing system.

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10.1080/02643290342000357

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