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What is Telegraphic Speech?

Language Disturbances in Stroke


Updated March 09, 2008

What is Telegraphic Speech?

Telegraphic speech is the type of speech produced by people who have suffered injury to a part of the brain called Broca’s area.

What does telegraphic speech sound like?
Telegraphic speech consists of sentences spoken with an abnormal rhythm. While people with telegraphic speech speak in meaningful but simple sentences, they omit important grammatical components from most sentences. People with telegraphic speech often combine pairs of a noun with a verb in order to convey a thought. For instance, a stroke survivor might say "sister visit" to indicate that his or her sister will be visiting. This economy of words resembles signals transmitted through a telegraph, giving this language abnormality the name of telegraphic speech.

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