Contrary to Schopenhauer’s comment about the horizon of a person’s limits, the aphasic can measure those limits, approximately. This blog has been measuring the data. On the other hand, to the extent that the aphasic gets accustomed to aphasia, it’s hard to tell exactly how much one has recovered.
At a remove of six months, I have regained full normal functionality. On this I have objective measures: already two months ago I gave three long TV interviews on local issues about neighborhood preservation, and a long radio piece on the history of Alphabet City for FUV — all ex tempore, fluent and articulate, and were broadcast as such. (Although on FUV I said “the people belong to the space they live in” when I meant, “the space belongs to the people who live in them.” The confusion probably arose because both situations were true.)
I do notice a difference. It’s most evident when I’m agitated. All complications of syntax and lexical retrieval can trip me up when I’m excited. And occasionally, even calm, I find odd difficulties. I have persistent trouble with the noun phrase, “festival judges.” Observe that the denotation is a person: the judges. But the description depends on festivals, which are not persons. Accessing the description requires attention to a concept orthogonal to the denotation. That’s my explanation. But why is it so persistent?
I have one more set of data to upload, but I have been a bit lazy about retyping them. I expect it will be the last. I have ceased to keep a careful record: the types are all predictable now.