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  • Echolalia: imitation of words or phrases made by others.
  • Verbigeration; repetition of words of phases while unable to articulate the next word in the sentence/senseless repetition of same words or phrases over and over again.
  • Pressure of Speech: rapid, uninterrupted speech that is increased in amount.
  • Mutism: inability to speak.
  • Elective Mutism: refusal to speak in certain circumstances.
  • Poverty of Speech: restricted amount of speech.
  • Stuttering (Stammering): frequent repetition or prolongation of a sound or syllable, leading to markedly impaired speech fluency.
  • Cluttering: dysrhythmic rapid and jerky speech.
  • Clang Associations (Rhyming): association of word similar in sound but not in meaning (e.g. deep, keep, sleep)
  • Punning: playing upon words, by using a word of more than one meaning (e.g. ant, aunt)
  • Word Salad: incoherent mixture of words and phrases.
  • Dysphasia: impairment in producing or understanding speech.
  • Dysarthria: difficulty in articulation and speech production.
  • Sensory Aphasia: nonsensical fluent speech due to lesion affecting Wernicke’s (receptive) area.
  • Motor Aphasia: impairment in the ability to formulate fluent speech due to lesion affecting Broca’s (motor) area.
  • Dysphonia: difficulty in voicing speech clearly, due to dysfunction of vocal cords or soft palate.
  • Circumstanciality: over inclusion of details delaying reaching the desired goal.
  • Coprolalia: forced vocalization of obscene words or phrases,
  • Palilalia:  is characterized by the repetition of a word or phrase; i.e., the subject continues to repeat a word or phrase after once having said. It is a perseveratory phenomenon.
  • Alogia: lack of speech output.
  • Mutism: complete absence of speech.


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