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Verbal fluency - Definition


Verbal fluency commonly refers to the speed of speech. Normal verbal fluency is about 90 words per minute for a person with no disorder. The study of verbal fluency enables the diagnosis of language disorders and their characterization. The test involves asking a person to name a number of things very common such as 10 animal names. In some language disorders (in the absence of other disorders of higher functions: memory, understanding ...), this test is difficult and, if successful, longer than normal. Verbal fluency may be abnormal due to articulation problems, lexical poverty, an excess of speed, dysphasia or aphasia, neurological disorders, dementia...