Is there a schizophrenic language?

Schwartz S. (1982) Is there a schizophrenic language?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 5 4: 579-588. doi:10.1017/S0140525X00013650

Author Schwartz S.
Title Is there a schizophrenic language?
Journal name Behavioral and Brain Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-1825
Publication date 1982
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0140525X00013650
Volume 5
Issue 4
Start page 579
End page 588
Total pages 10
Subject 2802 Behavioral Neuroscience
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
1314 Physiology
3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
1105 Dentistry
2800 Neuroscience
3200 Psychology
Abstract Among the many peculiarities of schizophrenics perhaps the most obvious is their tendency to say odd things. Indeed, for most clinicians, the hallmark of schizophrenia is “thought disorder” (which is usually defined tautologically as incoherent speech). Decades of clinical observations, experimental research, and linguistic analyses have produced many hypotheses about what, precisely, is wrong with schizophrenic speech and language. These hypotheses range from assertions that schizophrenics have peculiar word association hierarchies to the notion that schizophrenics are suffering from an intermittent form of aphasia. In this article, several popular hypotheses (and the observations on which they are based) are critically assessed. Work in the area turns out to be flawed by errors in experimental method, faulty observations, tautological reasoning, and theoretical models that ignore the complexities of both speech and language. This does not mean that schizophrenics are indistinguishable from nonschizophrenics. They are clearly deviant in many situations. Their problem, however, appears to be in processing information and in selective attention, not in language itself.
Keyword attention
information processing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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