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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax$
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Derek Bickerton and Eörs Szathmáry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.001.0001

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Neural Organization for Syntactic Processing as Determined by Effects of Lesions

Neural Organization for Syntactic Processing as Determined by Effects of Lesions

Logic, Data, and Difficult Questions

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(p.252) (p.253) 12 Neural Organization for Syntactic Processing as Determined by Effects of Lesions
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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax
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Caplan David

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0012

Information about the way the brain is organized to support processing of syntax can be obtained using the lesion approach, in which the effects of lesions on syntactic processing are analyzed, and the activation approach, which involves analysis of changes in neural activity related to syntactic functioning. Using the lesion approach, this chapter examines the neural organization for syntactic processing. It presents results from research on aphasic disturbances of syntactic comprehension and focuses on the organization of the brain for parsing and sentence interpretation. It also considers deficits in syntactically based comprehension and their relationship with lesions and describes models of regional functional neuroanatomy.

Keywords:   syntax, brain, lesion approach, activation approach, syntactic processing, lesions, deficits, neural organization, aphasic disturbances, syntactic comprehension

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