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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 2014, Article ID 970520, 10 pages
Research Article

Effect of Age, Education, and Bilingualism on Confrontation Naming in Older Illiterate and Low-Educated Populations

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10016, USA

Received 15 January 2013; Accepted 15 August 2013; Published 12 February 2014

Academic Editor: Jubin Abutalebi

Copyright © 2014 Sameer Ashaie and Loraine Obler. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We investigated the effects of age as well as the linked factors of education and bilingualism on confrontation naming in rural Kashmir by creating a culturally appropriate naming test with pictures of 60 objects. We recruited 48 cognitively normal participants whose ages ranged from 18 to 28 and from 60 to 85. Participants in our study were illiterate monolinguals and educated Kashmiri-Urdu bilinguals . Hierarchical multiple regression revealed that younger adults performed better than older adults and the age effect was quadratic (age2). It also showed Age X Education and Age X L2 Speaking interactions predicted naming performance. The Age X Education interaction indicated that the advantages of greater education increased with advancing age. Since education is in the second language (L2) in our population, this finding is no doubt linked to the Age X L2 Speaking interaction. This suggests that L2 speaking proficiency contributed more to first language (L1) naming with advancing age.