The production and comprehension of verbs with alternating transitivity by patients with non-fluent aphasia

Conclusion: We suggest, in agreement with other researchers (for example, Schwartz, Linebarger, Saffran, & Pate, 1987) that aphasic individuals overuse a mapping strategy that associates the theta roles of agent and theme with syntactic subject and object respectively, as they produce transitive (S)VO structures, to a large extent, instead of unaccusatives. In addition, as they had difficulties with unaccusative verbs marked for active voice, we suggest that they could not successfully interpret unaccusative verbs with active voice morphology as non-agentive structures.

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