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Literal Paraphasia - A Speech and Language Problem


Updated September 15, 2008

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Literal paraphasia is not necessarily a symptom of Alzheimer's disease.

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Definition: A problem affecting language in such a way that words are distorted due to a substitution of one phoneme sound for another, such as saying "inkbet" for "inkjet." The intended meaning of the word is usually clear. Literal paraphasia is a common complaint by those experiencing "senior moments" (normal age-related memory changes) and is not necessarily a symptom of Alzheimer's disease.
Also Known As: Phonemic paraphasia
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