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March 1988

Prosody and Brain Lateralization: Fact vs Fancy or Is It All Just Semantics?

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas.

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(3):338-339. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520270120030

In rereading the initial publications1-3 in which my colleagues and I first began to formulate our ideas and used consequently imprecise terminology, I can certainly appreciate the suggestion by Ryalls that some confusion could, and obviously did, arise regarding whether we endorsed a "strong" or a "weak" version of prosodic lateralization. However, if one follows carefully the evolution of the clinical studies, it is quite clear that our intention was never to endorse a strong theory, especially since Monrad-Krohn4 had described dysprosody ("foreign accent" syndrome) as a disorder encountered in the recovery phases of a Broca-type aphasia following left anterior sylvian injury and emphasized that the disorder did not affect his patient's ability to carry a tune or project emotion in the voice, which was in distinct contrast to the patients we had described. It should also be pointed out that in the original article I coauthored

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