Multilingual Aphasia: An Unresolved Puzzle in the Linguistic Mosaic of India Multilingualism is an inherent part of the pluralistic nation of India, where linguistic diversity is large and heterogeneous. There are various contributing factors for this multilingual mosaic. Multilingual aphasia in the context of Indian cultures and languages has not been explored properly due to various reasons. Issues and challenges are ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2014
Multilingual Aphasia: An Unresolved Puzzle in the Linguistic Mosaic of India
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  • Daly Sebastian
    Department of Speech Language Pathology, Institute of Speech & Hearing, Marthoma College of Special Education, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Kerala, India
  • Financial Disclosure: Daly Sebastian is a Lecturer at Kerala University of Health Sciences.
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Article   |   May 01, 2014
Multilingual Aphasia: An Unresolved Puzzle in the Linguistic Mosaic of India
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 4, 30-38. doi:10.1044/gics4.1.30
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 4, 30-38. doi:10.1044/gics4.1.30

Multilingualism is an inherent part of the pluralistic nation of India, where linguistic diversity is large and heterogeneous. There are various contributing factors for this multilingual mosaic. Multilingual aphasia in the context of Indian cultures and languages has not been explored properly due to various reasons. Issues and challenges are present in both clinical and research domains. Tools for documenting deficits, language selection for treatment, and outcome measurement are the major issues in the clinical domain. Research issues are associated with the development of assessment tools, cognitive and neurological aspects in multilingual aphasia, and normal aspects of multilingualism. A collaborative approach is required to address these issues. The present paper is an attempt to focus on current issues and possible solutions for multilingual aphasia in India.

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