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Cortex. 2006 May;42(4):469-71.

Why is Broca's area involved in syntax?

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  • Neuropsychology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. dcaplan@partners.org


It is suggested that, rather than Broca's area playing its role in syntactic comprehension because its functions are a specialization those of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) or derived from sensori-motor functions of cortex from which it is evolutionarily descended, this region may be involved in this aspect of language because of its intrinsic neural organization.

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