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date: 11 August 2020

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Global aphasia is a language disorder that involves the breakdown of all aspects of oral and written language, typically associated with an extensive left hemisphere lesion that involves cortical and subcortical areas as well as white matter tracts. The characteristics of global aphasia include severe auditory comprehension and oral expression deficits with some spared conceptual knowledge and spared comprehension of emotional prosody. The implications for clinical assessment and treatment are described, and recommendations for clinicians and family members are provided.

Keywords: Global aphasia, Stroke, Emotion, Prosody, Functional communication, Gesture

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