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language mapping and aphasia

Eugene Leitl Eugene.Leitl at lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Thu Dec 11 04:45:07 EST 1997


I cannot remember the source, but there has been a fMRI study of
multilingual persons quite recently. The foci partly overlapped, yet their
centres were spatially distinct. 

ciao,
'gene (not a neuroscientist)

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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