Linguistic analysis of speech in affective disorders.

  title={Linguistic analysis of speech in affective disorders.},
  author={Niels Andreasen and Bruce Pfohl},
  journal={Archives of general psychiatry},
  volume={33 11},
Various aspects of speech and language were compared, using psycholinguistic techniques, in a group of 15 depressed patients and 16 manic patients: lexical diversity, syntactical complexity, syntactical elements, and content analysis. Contrary to anticipation, the manic patients did not show more varied word choice or complexity of sentence structure than the depressives. In particular, they did not differ significantly in type-token ratio. The greatest difference was in syntactical elements… CONTINUE READING
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