Talking Heads: The Neuroscience of Language

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Psychology Press, 2011 - Medical - 246 pages
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The origin, development, and nature of language has been the focus of theoretical debate among philosophers for many centuries. Following the pioneering clinical observations 150 years ago of loss of language following a cerebral lesion, language started to be considered a biological system, that could be investigated scientifically: as a consequence, an increasing number of scientists began to search for its anatomical and functional basis and its links with other such cognitive systems. The relatively recent introduction of neuroimaging tools, such as PET and fMRI, has brought rapid and groundbreaking developments to the field of Neurolinguistics. In this book, Denes harnesses these advances to adopt a biolinguistic approach to the study of a subject that increasingly sees the collaboration of linguists, experimental psychologists, neuroscientists and clinicians. Talking Heads reviews the latest research on the nature, structure and origin of language to provide a concise analysis of the multifaceted aspects of language which focuses both on theoretical aspects and physical implementation. Following an up-to-date description of acquired language disorders, and their contribution to the design of a functional architecture of language, the book illustrates the neurological process involved in the production and comprehension of spoken and written language, as well as investigating the neurological and functional systems responsible for sign language production and first and second language acquisition. With a glossary of the anatomical and linguistic terms, this book provides an invaluable resource to undergraduate and graduate students of Psychology, Psycholinguistics and Linguistics. It will also be of interest to neurologists, speech therapists and anyone interested in the mind-brain problem.
  

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A brief, studious overview of various fields, describing and summarizing the recent discoveries made in each major area - neuroscience, linguistics, speech disorders. A solid introduction to students ... Read full review

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A brief, studious overview of various fields, describing and summarizing the recent discoveries made in each major area - neuroscience, linguistics, speech disorders. A solid introduction to students ... Read full review

Contents

1 Defining language
1
2 The origin and evolution of language and words
11
3 The anatomy of language
21
The aphasias
55
The production and comprehension of words
69
The functional and neurological architecture of the lexical system
93
Syntax and morphology
129
8 The neurological bases and functional architecture of written language
149
9 The neurological bases and functional architecture of bilingualism
179
Sign language
193
11 Language acquisition and developmental language disorders
201
Appendix Outlines of neuroanatomy
211
Glossary
227
Author index
231
Subject index
241
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About the author (2011)

Gianfranco Denes teaches Neurolinguistics and Neuropsychology at the Universities of Padua and Venice, Italy. His research field spans many aspects of Neuropsychology, focusing on Aphasia and acquired language impairments.

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