Update on Academy of Aphasia satellite meeting on bilingual aphasia

Its been more than a month since we hosted the satellite meeting on bilingual aphasia at Boston University and here is an update. The meeting was a great success! We had about 45 attendees from across the world including Australia, China, Malaysia, Turkey, Norway, India and of course USA. Even more impressive was the number of languages that the researchers collectively represented, easily over 20 different languages. Clearly the topic of bilingual aphasia is of increasing research interest worldwide.

We are in the process of developing the new bilingual aphasia website– stay tuned to this page for information about the new URL. We will have video clips of various speakers at the meeting (Yasmeen Faroqi Shah, Nina Dronkers, Mira Goral, MJ Taintourier, Susan Edwards, Anthony Kong and Brian McWhinney) discuss what they thought were burning issues in the field of bilingual aphasia.  We also hope to develop the website into a resource site for articles on bilingual aphasia and perhaps a way for bilingual aphasia researchers to connect and network.

So, stay tuned for information about this website. Also, thanks to all the people who attended for make this event possible and a success.

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  1. #1 by Nidhi Mahendra on December 1, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    What a neat development….am excited to learn more and look forward to the website creation. It is definitely true that interest in bilingual aphasia, and also by extension in bilingual speakers with dementia, is increasing substantially.
    Here in California, not only is the population of older adults with aphasia and dementia substantially bi/multilingual but also often bicultural and increasingly late-life immigrants to the United States. So the time for this topic certainly is right now. Looking forward to learning and contributing

  2. #2 by Gopee Krishnan on February 14, 2010 - 9:22 am

    Thanks Dr. Swathi for hosting that event! As an attendee, it was a great experience to know the research issues related to bilingual aphasia from aroud the globe. Looking forward to the website!

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