Oral naming and oral reading: Do they speak the same language?

Matthew A. Lambon Ralph, Lisa Cipolotti, Karalyn Patterson

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    We present evidence from a fluent aphasic subject with intact comprehension but moderate word-finding difficulties. Despite her anomia in picture naming, MOS displayed normal performance in reading aloud, even when tested on lower-frequency words with atypical spelling-to-sound correspondences. We argue that, contrary to some recent interpretations of preserved reading with impaired naming, this pattern does not demonstrate separate task-specific speech lexicons, but rather reflects inherent differences between the processes of naming and reading. In support of this hypothesis, when given appropriate assistance (in this case multi-phonemic cueing), MOS achieved picture naming scores within normal limits. © 1999 Psychology Press Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-169
    Number of pages12
    JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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