Selective Inhibition

Pitres, who authored the first monograph devoted to polyglot aphasia in 1895, dismissed speculations of differential neuroanatomical localization of the languages of polyglots. He argued that it was unnecessary to propose the existence of new centers for each new language learned by polyglots. Instead, he proposed a functional account of language recovery in which the apparent selectivity in language loss and recovery following aphasia reflects inhibitory processes rather than actual neurological destruction of language areas.

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