Introduction It is both a pleasure and an honor to edit this issue of Perspectives. The topic of perseveration is a very relevant one and deserves the attention being paid to it. In the way of an introduction, I would like to recapitulate how I became interested in the topic ... SIG News
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  • Jacqueline Stark
    Department of Linguistics and Communication Research, Austrian Academy of SciencesVienna, Austria
  • Jacqueline Stark, PhD, is senior researcher for the Department of Linguistics and Communication Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and head of research for the projects in the area of neurolinguistics and aphasia. She is president of the Association Internationale Aphasie (AIA) and founder and head of the self-help group, Aphasia-Club, in Vienna. She is the developer and producer of the ELA Photo Series and accompanying products.
    Jacqueline Stark, PhD, is senior researcher for the Department of Linguistics and Communication Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and head of research for the projects in the area of neurolinguistics and aphasia. She is president of the Association Internationale Aphasie (AIA) and founder and head of the self-help group, Aphasia-Club, in Vienna. She is the developer and producer of the ELA Photo Series and accompanying products.×
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SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2011, Vol. 21, 132-134. doi:10.1044/nnsld21.4.132
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2011, Vol. 21, 132-134. doi:10.1044/nnsld21.4.132
It is both a pleasure and an honor to edit this issue of Perspectives. The topic of perseveration is a very relevant one and deserves the attention being paid to it. In the way of an introduction, I would like to recapitulate how I became interested in the topic and thereby provide a personal, chronological introduction to the articles making up this issue.
In 1975, Karl Gloning and I were asked to assess a client—MH—at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Vienna. Even after 35 years, the case of MH remains the most interesting case study of verbal perseveration I have ever evaluated (see Stark, 2007). The collected language data from MH remained unanalyzed for several years. Then, in 1982, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Linguistic Society of America Summer School on Neurolinguistics held at the University of Maryland, College Park as a doctoral student. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I attended lectures by renowned aphasiologists Elisabeth Bates, Hugh Buckingham, David Caplan, Alfonso Caramazza, Mary Louise Kean, Herman Kolk, John Marshall, George Ojemann, Alan Rubens, and Harry Whitaker. Alan Ruben's course, titled “Neurological Studies of Acquired Language and Cognitive Disorders,” rekindled my interest in the topic of perseveration. I was fascinated by class discussion and video examples of perseveration by persons with aphasia (PWAs), apraxia, and agnosia. I changed the topic of my doctoral thesis to “Verbal Perseveration in Aphasia—A Neurolinguistic Approach” (in German). The data from MH constituted the case study in my doctoral thesis (July 1984).
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