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Dementia and communication pathology: Two case examples

Claire Penn, Beulah Sonnenberg, Yael Schnaier
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 35, No 1 | a307 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v35i1.307 | © 2019 Claire Penn, Beulah Sonnenberg, Yeal Schnaier | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1988

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Claire Penn, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Beulah Sonnenberg, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand
Yael Schnaier, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

The discourse characteristics of two female patients with dementia are described — one patient with a cortical dementia of Alzheimer's type and one patient with a classical subcortical dementia of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Distinct patterns of breakdown were observed and related to an explanatory model. Implications of the findings for differential diagnosis are discussed and the neurological representation of the pragmatic level of language is considered.

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