Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Sentence comprehension in Broca's aphasia: A critique of the evidence

Rita Sloan Berndt a1
a1 Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201


The argument that Broca's area is preferentially involved in specific syntactic operations is based on a strong assertion regarding patterns of sentence comprehension found among patients with Broca's aphasia. This assertion is shown to be largely inconsistent with the available evidence from published studies, which indicates that only a subgroup of Broca patients demonstrate the target pattern.