Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Comprehension deficits of Broca's aphasics provide no evidence for traces

Paul Kay a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720


The data provided by Grodzinsky demonstrating a syntactic comprehension deficit in Broca's patients provide no evidence for the theoretical concepts of movement, trace or “trace deletion.” The comprehension deficit data can be more economically accounted for with traditional grammatical concepts that are less theory-internal and more empirically based.