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Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity

Angela D. Friederici


The language faculty is grounded in the human brain and allows any infant to learn any language. In her book, Angela D. Friederici offers a neurobiological theory of human language by integrating data from adult language processing, language development and brain evolution across primates. Describing the brain basis of language in its functional and structural neuroanatomy as well as its neurodynamics, she argues that differences in the brain that are species-specific may be at the root of human language.

Keywords: language, brain, syntax, development, neurocognition, brain-function, brain-structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036924
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela D. Friederici, author
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences