Language disorders

Jubin Abutalebi, Stefano F. Cappa

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This chapter focuses on the acquired language disorders (aphasias) that are due to focal damage, typically a stroke, involving the left hemisphere. After a brief definition of language it describes the main clinical aspects of aphasia and of aphasic syndromes. It then reconsiders the clinical manifestations of aphasia from the vantage point of cognitive neuropsychology. Finally, it provides an overview of the neuroanatomy of language, based not only on the evidence provided by the traditional anatomo-clinical correlation approach, but also on recent evidence from functional neuroimaging studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Neurology: A Clinical Textbook
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191724213, 9780198569275
Publication statusPublished - Mar 22 2012



  • Acquired language disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Aphasic syndromes
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Focal damage
  • Neuroanatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Abutalebi, J., & Cappa, S. F. (2012). Language disorders. In Cognitive Neurology: A Clinical Textbook Oxford University Press.