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    • Genetics of language and its implications on language interventions


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      Genetic variation of language genes affect neurophysiology of brain and can thus influence the way people respond to environmental language input, leading to differences in terms of their response to environmental language learning. Conversely, language learning environment too can affect gene expressions through neuroepigenetic mechanisms, leading to increasedinterindividual differences. Further, language-related cognitive processes such as learning, working memory and perception; and language-related affective factors such as stress and positive emotion involve neuroplasticity, which is also epigenetically regulated. Language intervention methods must understand the extent and the type of difficulties, and must offer personalized learning andmedical solutions. Medical intervention in terms of epigenetics and neurotransmitter regulation is proposed in addition to effectiveteaching methods to aid in effective language acquisition

    • Language impairment in primary progressive aphasia and other neurodegenerative diseases


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      Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that disrupts the language capacity of an individual by selectively affecting the language network of brain. Although aphasic literature is replete with reports of brain damage responsible for various types of PPA, it does not provide a comprehensive understanding of whether PPA is an independent pathological condition or an atypical syndrome of neurodegenerative diseases (NDD). To address this ambiguity, we provide a detailed description of PPA, its variants and their brain anatomy. Subsequently, we unravel the relationship between PPA and NDDs like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dyslexia. To substantiate the relationship further, we also provide a brief account of their genetic aetiology. In the final section, we offer an exhaustive approach towards the treatment of PPA by combining the existing language the rapies with clinical and pharmacological interventions.

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