Language and the Brain

‘I once had a patient who suffered a right hemisphere stroke and fell to the ground, unable to walk because of a paralysed left leg. She lay on the floor for two days, not because no one came to her aid, but because she kept blithely reassuring her husband that she was fine, that there was nothing wrong with her leg. Only on the third day did he bring her in for treatment. when I asked her why she could not move her left leg, and held it up for her to see, she said indifferently that it was someone else’s leg.

Flaherty (2004)’

– Yule, G. 1985. The Study of Language Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press (2010) p. 156

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