Recovery Patterns in Bilingual Aphasia: Influential Factors & Cross-Language Transfer

a·pha·sia /əˈfāZHə/

Loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage.

Over two thirds of the world’s population speak more than one language, generating interest in the field of bilingual aphasia and particularly its recovery. Among the many theories on recovery patterns, it is widely accepted that parallel recovery of a bilingual’s languages is the most common (i.e. both languages recover at the same rate). Of those cases of nonparallel recovery, the oldest theories on which language recovers best are the first language (Ribot’s law) or the dominantly used language (Pitres’ law). This review discusses the evidence for these theories in addition to considering influential factors of recovery, and exploring whether therapy in one language can transfer to untreated languages.


3 thoughts on “Recovery Patterns in Bilingual Aphasia: Influential Factors & Cross-Language Transfer

  1. Pingback: When Language Goes Wrong « Marianne Cezza
  2. Hi! I would like to use your work in my thesis but as it’s not reviewed by any journal I’m not sure it would bring credit to the quotations (although it is really well done and written, and helpful for my work). Do you think it would be relevant to quote it anyway in my thesis?

  3. Hi Julia, that’s very kind of you.
    As it’s for your thesis, I would reference the original sources I used, wherever possible. Because it is my own thesis for my degree and not a published review of the literature, I’m not sure either whether it would be worthwhile you quoting directly from it. I guess it depends on the referencing rules of your course.
    Hope that helps and thank you for visiting the blog.

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