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Processing of words and pseudo-words in patients with dementia

Katarina Marjanovič (2013) Processing of words and pseudo-words in patients with dementia. MSc thesis.

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    In the thesis we focus on word and pseudo-word processing in patients suffering from dementia of Alzheimer’s type. One of the early problems of patients with dementia is difficulty with naming and word finding, which could suggest a decay of lexical representations. The aim of the thesis is to find out how this decay progresses and to find out at which stage difficulties occur in patients with dementia. We approach this issue by using an acceptability task for words and pseudo-words which violate various aspects of word formation in the Slovenian language. The task was presented to a young control group, one patient with dementia (Alzheimer’s disease), and to two age- and sex-matched control participants. The results revealed that the patient’s mental lexicon is already in decay and her knowledge of Slovenian word formation rules and vocabulary is degraded. Most importantly, this degradation could not be detected by the standardized cognitive assessments tools, such as the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), which indicates that tests like the one developed in our case study could be of a significant importance for diagnostic purposes.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, language, lexical representations, word formation, word processing, pseudo-word processing, thematic violations, aspectual violations, categorial violations
    Number of Pages: 64
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tatjana MarvinMentor
    dr. Christina ManouilidouComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9760841)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana, Wienna University, University of Zagreb, Komenski University in Bratislava, University Eötvös Lorand in Budapest
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1723
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 07:50
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 07:50
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1723

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