Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2017

Capstone Advisor

Ellyn Riley

Honors Reader

Sue Maxfield

Capstone Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders


The objective of this project was to understand better how a neurodegenerative disease can impact speech and language in individuals who speak multiple languages. Using a case study approach, we measured language expression and understanding through production, comprehension, and word retrieval in a participant with dementia who spoke Greek and English. To examine speech and language decline over time, we administered two commonly used language tests (Boston Naming Test and Bilingual Aphasia Test) in both Greek and English at four different times across a span of approximately seven months. With the goal of examining bilingualism in relation to neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, we sought to determine the effects of dementia on language abilities for this participant.

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