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August 1994

Language: Structure, Processing, and Disorders

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London, Ontario

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(8):746. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540200020005

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David Caplan was not content to sit on his laurels after his book on psycholinguistics but produced another volume on language with emphasis on aphasic disturbances, this time with an intent to introduce the subject to a more general audience. The book manages to be a fairly sophisticated and critical account of recent advances as well as providing definitions and introductory explanations to those outside the field. The emphasis is on linguistic structure and processing. It deals with the central issue of auditory word recognition, semantics, production of words, and reading and writing. It then proceedes to complex morphology and syntax with both sentence comprehension and sentence production.

It also has an excellent chapter on discourse and touches on issues relating to the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders. It is in this last chapter that Caplan criticizes existing aphasia batteries and describes his own test of psycholinguistic assessment of

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