Language Choice in Bilingual Aphasia: Memory and Emotions

Carmit Altman, Mali Gil, Joel Walters

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Bilingual autobiographical memory (hereafter BAM) allows a close look at the role of language in aphasia, since the two languages of a bilingual can be examined in contrast to each other or even manipulated in order to see the role of each language independently (Schrauf and Rubin, 1998; Marian and Neisser, 2000). Similarly, bilingual aphasia cases enable one to investigate whether the distribution of memories and their retrieval may somehow be influenced by a significant life event in the two languages. The aim of thischapter is to address the pattern of memory distribution in the two languages; more specifically whether the reminiscence bump (greater than expected retrieval of memories from ages 10–30) appears in the two language sessions, to examine whether bilinguals vs a speaker with aphasia recall memories in the same language; in particular the number of crossover memories and whether participants are more wordy when it comes to emotional cues in the two languages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspects of Multilingual Aphasia
PublisherChannel View Publications
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781847697554
ISBN (Print)9781847697547
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2012

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© 2012 Martin R. Gitterman, Mira Goral, Loraine K. Obler and the authors of individual chapters.


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