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Ageing with bilingualism: benefits and challenges

Nickels, L., Hameau, S., Nair, V. K. K. ORCID:, Barr, P. ORCID: and Biedermann, B. (2019) Ageing with bilingualism: benefits and challenges. Speech, Language and Hearing, 22 (1). pp. 32-50. ISSN 2050-571X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/2050571X.2018.1555988


Much of the world’s population speaks more than one language, and there has been a great deal of media attention given to the potential benefits of bilingualism. In this paper we provide a critical overview of the literature on bilingualism as it relates to older adults. We address whether there is indeed a cognitive advantage from speaking more than one language, and whether it can help preserve cognitive and linguistic function as we age, and potentially reduce the impact of dementia. We also focus on the patterns of language impairment after stroke (aphasia) in bilingual speakers and the issues relating to clinical management of bilingual aphasia.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:100972
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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