Studying Multilingualism and Group Differences in Adult Communication The focus of this article is on the study of bilingual and multilingual adults at the Howard Goodglass Aphasia Research Center and the Language in the Aging Brain Laboratory by Drs. Obler and Albert along with former students and colleagues. Summaries of studies examining research in healthy bilingual adults, healthy ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2010
Studying Multilingualism and Group Differences in Adult Communication
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  • Loraine K. Obler
    City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2010
Studying Multilingualism and Group Differences in Adult Communication
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2010, Vol. 17, 59-64. doi:10.1044/cds17.3.59
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2010, Vol. 17, 59-64. doi:10.1044/cds17.3.59

The focus of this article is on the study of bilingual and multilingual adults at the Howard Goodglass Aphasia Research Center and the Language in the Aging Brain Laboratory by Drs. Obler and Albert along with former students and colleagues. Summaries of studies examining research in healthy bilingual adults, healthy monolingual older adults, and monolingual and bilingual individuals with aphasia are presented.

Acknowledgments
In addition to the students and colleagues I mention above, I am indebted to the students who participated in the many discussions of these and other studies in my Neurolinguistics Laboratory at the CUNY Graduate Center. I thank Jung Moon Hyun for help with gathering the references and details for this paper. Over the decades, the CUNY and Professional Staff Congress awarded me grants supporting a number of studies with doctoral students. I thank them and the VA and NIH, which funded my Language in the Aging Brain project with Martin Albert, most recently in the NIH grant 2R01AG0145345.
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