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Neurolinguistics (2022)


Giosuè Baggio (Author)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 224
Language: English

Neurolinguistics, the study of language in the brain, describes the anatomical structures (networks of neurons in the brain) and physiological processes (ways for these networks to be active) that allow humans to learn and use one or more languages. It draws on neuroscience, linguistics—particularly theoretical linguistics—and other disciplines. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Giosuè Baggio offers an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of neurolinguistics, covering language processing, language acquisition, literacy, and speech and language disorders. Baggio first surveys the evolution of the field, describing discoveries by Paul Broca, Carl Wernicke, Noam Chomsky, and others. He discusses mapping language in “brain time” and “brain space” and the constraints of neurolinguistic models. Considering language acquisition, he explains that a child is never a “blank slate”: infants and young children are only able to acquire specific aspects of language in specific stages of cognitive development. He addresses the neural consequences of bilingualism; literacy, discussing how forms of visual language in the brain differ from forms of auditory language; aphasia and the need to understand language disorders in behavioral, functional, and neuroanatomical terms; neurogenetics of language; and the neuroethology of language, tracing the origins of the neural and behavioral building blocks of human linguistic communication to the evolution of avian, mammalian, and primate brains.

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Authors & Contributors
Malabou, Catherine
Constable, Marianne
Davis, Whitney
Wintroub, Michael
Thompson, Charis
Moreira, Tiago
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Social Studies of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
MIT Press
Wallstein Verlag
Plural Publishing, Inc.
University of California, Berkeley
Oxford University Press
Brain localization
Language and languages
Broca, Paul
Monakow, Constantin von
Ramón y Cajal, Santiago
Kandel, Eric Richard
Jakob, Christfried
Charcot, Jean Martin
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Great Britain
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
18th century

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