Definition of paragrammatism in English:



mass nounPsychiatry
  • Confused or incomplete use of grammatical structures, found in certain forms of speech disturbance.

    • ‘Caplan (1987: 286ff.) himself has conceded that agrammatism may be but a stronger form of syntactic deficit than paragrammatism (usually caused by left posterior perisylvian lesions).’
    • ‘Paragrammatism (literally meaning the wrong use of grammar) and parasyntax (the wrong use of syntax) are variously described as the inappropriate use of words, speech made difficult to understand because of the breakdown of grammatical/syntactical construction.’