January 16, 2010

Thirteen days ago I suffered a stroke extended from Wernicke’s all the way through the frontal cortex — the entire linguistic faculty. Mental clarity — thought, practical cognition, self-awareness and accuity — however, was untouched.

As an academic linguist,  I taught the Science and Neurology of Language two years ago at the Masters Program of Speech Pathology at NYU, which affords special expertise and insight perhaps to the experience of the course of the stroke and the effects of the aphasia.

This diary will account everyday speech and hearing effects that I notice, and the written effects as well as I write. In all future posts I will avoid edits except where I clearly indicate edited passages. I will also render an account of the last thirteen days since the beginning of the stroke.

The blog is not intended as a kind of exhibitionism, but to force myself to describe day-by-day the finest details of the effects of aphasia, which I would not have the personal discipline in private to describe.


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