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1st Edition

Language Case Files in Neurological Disorders

ISBN 9780367721305
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge
248 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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






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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.