language mapping and aphasia

Tina Fry tina at
Tue Dec 23 15:54:26 EST 1997

In article <881768531.1548812289 at>, buchheit at writes
>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
A variety of recovery patterns have been reported in the literature:
+parallel (both/all languages are impaired and recover at the same
rate)(the commonest pattern)
+differential (impairment and recovery occur to different degrees in
each language)
+successive (recovery of one language has reached a plateau before
recovery of another begins)
+anatagonistic (one language regresses as another improves)
+selective (impairment is restricted to one language)
+mixed (two/more languages are blended at all linguistic levels)

If you are interested in these phenomena, a good starting place is:

Paradis, Michel (1993) Multilingualism and aphasia pp 278-288 in
Blanken, G (et al) (eds) (1993) Linguistic disorders and pathologies: an
international handbook. Berlin: De Gruyter


Tina Fry

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