from The Century Dictionary.
- Unable to understand spoken words, although the sound is heard.
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This doesn't usually come to full consciousness unless (for prose) the writing is particularly good, (for poetry) the writing is good but not very, very good -- or the writing is bad in a way which suggests the writer is word-deaf.
The minor hemisphere in addition to being unable to talk, and unable to write, and word-deaf and word-blind, was inferred by extrapolation to be typically lacking also in the higher cognitive faculties associated with language and symbolic processing.
Again, such cases seem to tell us that word comprehension is confined to the left hemisphere and that the spared right hemisphere must be word-deaf, as well as word-blind.
Those who deny the necessity, or decry the utility, of such an education, are generally deficient in a sense of what makes good literature -- they are 'word-deaf,' as others are colour-blind.
'60s converged to support the picture of a leading, more highly evolved and intellectual left hemisphere and a relatively retarded right hemisphere that by contrast, in the typical righthander brain, is not only mute and agraphic but also dyslexic, word-deaf and apraxic, and lacking generally in higher cognitive function.
(8, 9, 10) on these patients seemed to show from the start that the disconnected right hemisphere was by no means word-deaf as anticipated, nor either word-blind.