Language disorders in bilingual patients after thalamic lesions

Franco Fabbro, Andrea Peru, Miran Skrap

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Three bilingual patients with ischemic or tumoral brain lesions localized in the left thalamus have been submitted to a thorough neurolinguistic analysis by means of the Bilingual Aphasia Test (BAT). They all presented with language impairments which included reduced verbal fluency; phonemic, semantic and verbal paraphasias; grammatical errors (e.g. omission and addition of free grammatical morphemes); greater disruption of comprehension as opposed to repetition; and disorders of written language. In all patients, the most disrupted linguistic levels concerned morphology and syntax, more in L2 than in L1. One patient also presented with several mixing phenomena and major difficulties in translating sentences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-367
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 23 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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