chapter  14
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The Naming Act and Its Disruption In Aphasia

WithDavis Howes

This last point enables me to state the modest aims of this chapter without apology. I shall make no attempt to provide an integrated theory of the naming process, nor shall I endeavor to survey the efforts of others to attain that goal. In the spirit of Plato's question (and of Wittgenstein's treatise), I shall confine myself to an examination of naming as an act of natural language, but from one special point of view: to indicate what the breakdown of the naming function observed in patients with aphasia can tell us about the normal process by which words, objects, and meanings are linked.