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Oral naming and oral reading: do they speak the same language?
LAMBON RALPH, M.A., Cipolotti, L., & PATTERSON, K.
Cognitive Neuropsychology, 16(2), 157-169
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Evidence is presented from a fluent aphasic subject with intact comprehension but moderate word-finding difficulties. Despite her anomia in picture naming, MOS displayed normal performance in reading aloud, even when tested on lower-frequency words with atypical spelling-to-sound correspondences. It is argued that, contrary to some some recent interpretations of preserved reading with impaired naming, this pattern does not demonstrate separate task-specific speech lexicons, but rather reflects inherent differences between the processes of naming and reading. In support of this hypothesis, when given appropriate assistance (in this case multi-phonemic cueing), MOS achieved picture naming scores within normal limits.