1st Edition

Language Case Files in Neurological Disorders

By Louise Cummings Copyright 2022
    248 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book features case studies of ten individuals with acquired neurological disorders. These disorders have implications for speech, language, and communication, but to date they have not been the focus of research in speech-language pathology.

    Chapters present a brief medical overview of each condition, followed by detailed linguistic analysis. A carefully assembled narrative captures the impact of each neurological disorder on an individual’s daily life and social activities. This structured approach, supported by further reading and exercises, gives readers a nuanced understanding of each disorder's clinical presentation and language and communication features, and the complex interrelationship between language, communication, and cognitive and motor symptoms.

    The book will be of interest to students of all levels, researchers, and clinicians in speech-language pathology and related disciplines, including neurology, psychiatry, and psychology.



    Case study 1: Corticobasal degeneration

    Case study 2: Progressive supranuclear palsy

    Case study 3: Huntington’s disease

    Case study 4: Lewy body disease

    Case study 5: Multiple sclerosis

    Case study 6: Parkinson’s disease

    Case study 7: Motor neuron disease

    Case study 8: Alcohol-related brain damage

    Case study 9: Covid-19 infection

    Case study 10: Guillain-Barré syndrome







    Louise Cummings is Professor in the Department of English and Communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests within the field of speech-language pathology are pragmatic disorders, and language impairment in neurodegenerative disorders. In 2020, she published the volume Language in Dementia.