Scientific article

Progressive apraxia of speech as a window into the study of speech planning processes

Published inCortex, vol. 48, no. 8, p. 963-971
Publication date2012

We present a 3-year follow-up study of a patient with progressive apraxia of speech (PAoS), aimed at investigating whether the theoretical organization of phonetic encoding is reflected in the progressive disruption of speech. As decreased speech rate was the most striking pattern of disruption during the first 2 years, durational analyses were carried out longitudinally on syllables excised from spontaneous, repetition and reading speech samples. The crucial result of the present study is the demonstration of an effect of syllable frequency on duration: the progressive disruption of articulation rate did not affect all syllables in the same way, but followed a gradient that was function of the frequency of use of syllable-sized motor programs. The combination of data from this case of PAoS with previous psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic data, points to a frequency organization of syllable-sized speech-motor plans. In this study we also illustrate how studying PAoS can be exploited in theoretical and clinical investigations of phonetic encoding as it represents a unique opportunity to investigate speech while it progressively disrupts.

  • Apraxias/physiopathology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Linguistics
  • Male
  • Phonetics
  • Reading
  • Speech/physiology
  • Speech Production Measurement
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LAGANARO, Marina et al. Progressive apraxia of speech as a window into the study of speech planning processes. In: Cortex, 2012, vol. 48, n° 8, p. 963–971. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.03.010
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