February 20, 2008

Aphasia in the funny papers

Over the past few weeks, Doonesbury has been exploring clinical neurolinguistics. Toggle has come back from Iraq with some serious brain damage, and the classic symptoms of Broca's aphasia. Here are the first two panels for the strip from 2/18/2008:

Toggle's symptoms include expressive frustration:

Sometimes his attempts to communicate work out better. Here's the end of the strip from 2/10/2008:

And here's the strip from 2/19/2008:


Posted by Mark Liberman at February 20, 2008 01:28 PM