This study aimed to verify the existence of a double fi rst language (L1)/second language (L2) dissociation. In recent work, I described a case study of a Arabic-Hebrew aphasic patient (MH) with disturbances in the two languages, with Hebrew (L2) being more impaired. In this case, an Arabic-Hebrew bilingual patient (MM) with a similar cultural background who suffered brain damage following a left hemisphere tumor (oligodendroglioma) and craniotomy is reported. The same materials were used, which overcame methodological constraints in our previous work. The results revealed a complementary pattern of severe impairment of L1 (Arabic), while MM had mild language disorder in L2 (Hebrew) with intact semantic knowledge in both languages. These two cases demonstrate a double L1/L2 dissociation in unique languages, and support the notion that bilingual persons could have distinct cortical language areas.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Psychology Research and Behavior Management|
|State||Published - 2 Oct 2008|
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© 2008 Ibrahim, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.
- Brain damage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychology (all)
- Psychiatry and Mental health