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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2006 Apr;16(2):240-6. Epub 2006 Mar 24.

Neuroimaging of syntax and syntactic processing.

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Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Recent results challenge and refine the prevailing view of the way language is represented in the human brain. Syntactic knowledge and processing mechanisms that implement syntax in use are mapped onto neural tissue in experiments that harness both syntactic concepts and imaging technologies to the study of brain mechanisms in healthy and impaired populations. In the emerging picture, syntax is neurologically segregated, and its component parts are housed in several distinct cerebral loci that extend beyond the traditional ones - Broca's and Wernicke's regions in the left hemisphere. In particular, the new brain map for syntax implicates portions of the right cerebral hemisphere.

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