Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms

Circumlocutory speech


Definition: Language disorder where the patient refers to an object, event or person, describing its characteristics instead of using its name (Taylo and Vaidya 2009).


Exploration: The presence of circumlocutory speech can be established by interviewing the patient.




Taylor MA, Vaidya NA. Descriptive Psychopathology. The signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2009. p. 242


November 28, 2019