Chinese-Spanish-Catalan trilingual aphasia: A case study

Faustino Diéguez-Vide, Jordi Gich-Fullà, Josep Puig-Alcántara, Gonzalo Sánchez-Benavides, Jordi Peña-Casanova

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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 discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-641
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • BAT
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
  • Language-based variables
  • Learning-based variables
  • Spanish
  • Trilingual aphasia


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