language mapping and aphasia

buchheit at buchheit at
Wed Dec 10 14:12:24 EST 1997

In "The Engine of Reason.." (1995), Paul Churchland
states that a brain lesion can render a bilingual
patient aphasic in one language, unchanged in the
other. This implies different areas of the brain for
different languages. But what of a multilingual person?
Does the brain keep allocating new memory chunks for
each language?  It seems more likely that they'd be
integrated in some way.  Any comments?

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