Chinese-Spanish-Catalan trilingual aphasia: A case study

Diéguez-Vide, F.; Gich-Fullà, J.; Puig-Alcántara, J.; Sánchez-Benavides, G.; Peña-Casanova, J.
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Journal of Neurolinguistics 25, 630-641
ISSN: 0911-6044


Many patients with aphasia are bilingual or multilingual. Different variables lead to a number of patterns of recovery of the mother tongue (L1) in relation to other languages (L2, L3,…, Ln). These variables can be studied most easily when a patient speaks structurally distant languages (i.e., languages that do not share similarities). In this paper, we describe for the first time a case of Chinese–Spanish–Catalan trilingual aphasia that presents a differential recovery pattern between L1 (Mandarin Chinese) and L2 (Spanish), and L3 (Catalan). The role of learning and language-based variables in the transfer among languages is discusse

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