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A pilot study of verbal fluency in the Zulu speaking population with preliminary application to traumatic brain injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10893999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated the semantic verbal fluency (VF) abilities of non-neurologically impaired (NNI) Zulu speaking subjects in order to obtain normative data for this population. The data were analysed in terms of the total number of words generated in one minute, the number of words generated over four fifteen-second time periods and the strategies employed. Where possible, these results were compared to performance of South African English speaking NNI subjects. The responses of three traumatically brain injured (TBI) Zulu speaking subjects on VF tasks were obtained and compared to the NNI subjects. The NNI subjects performed significantly poorer than the current norms and poorer than the South African English speaking population. The TBI subjects generated fewer words than the NNI subjects. The strategies used by the TBI subjects were similar in type but were less efficiently used than the Zulu speaking NNI subjects. The results of this study are particularly relevant to the clinical role of speech pathologists in the multicultural and multilingual population of South Africa.
T L Sperinck; J de Picciotto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The South African journal of communication disorders. Die Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir Kommunikasieafwykings     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0379-8046     ISO Abbreviation:  S Afr J Commun Disord     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-25     Completed Date:  2001-02-08     Revised Date:  2008-02-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805099     Medline TA:  S Afr J Commun Disord     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / complications*
Cultural Diversity
Language Disorders / diagnosis,  therapy
Language Tests*
Pilot Projects
Reference Values
South Africa
Speech Disorders / diagnosis*,  etiology,  therapy
Word Association Tests

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