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How independent of semantics are phonology and syntax? Evidence from Semantic Dementia

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Every time that we produce or listen to speech, we employ a combination of semantic, phonological and syntactic abilities. These domains of language processing have different characteristics but they must function cooperatively to enable efficient language behaviour. It is a non-trivial exercise to assess degrees of dependence/independence of these three domains; but one approach is to study performance on various tasks by patients with a primary deficit in only one of the three domains. Patients with semantic dementia have a relatively selective deterioration of semantics: does this affect their phonological and/or syntactic skills?

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