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Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Dec;10(12):527-9. Epub 2006 Oct 17.

Dissociating language and word meaning in the bilingual brain.

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  • 1Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and SingHealth Research Facilities, 7th Hospital Drive, #01-11, Singapore 169611, Singapore. mchee@pacific.net.sg

Abstract

How do bilingual (or multilingual) persons keep different languages apart and switch between them as needs arise? Crinion et al. have used an ingenious method to dissociate brain regions sensitive to word meaning from those sensitive to the combination of meaning and language. This work should stimulate further research examining the role of subcortical areas in language processing and in context-appropriate language production.

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17049907
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10.1016/j.tics.2006.09.009
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