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date: 27 February 2020

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Neuropsychological disorders provide an important perspective to our understanding of the nature of words. This chapter discusses words as both targets of and signposts to pathology, in the context of language and psychological disorders. The standard perspective of words as targets of pathology informs not only the construction of language processing models but also, as in the case of anomia, age-old philosophical debates about words and proper names. The perspective of words as signposts to pathology will be discussed with the specific example of metaphors used by patients of psychogenic seizures and delusional thoughts. Some potential directions on metaphor and corpus research in mental health discourse will be proposed.

Keywords: language pathology, neuropsychological disorders, processing models, proper names, anomia, metaphor, corpus research, mental health discourse

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