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The Boundaries of Babel: The Brain and the Enigma of Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro


This book tells the story of an encounter between two cultures: Contemporary theoretical linguistics and the cognitive neurosciences. The study of language within a biological context has been ongoing for more than fifty years. The development of neuroimaging technology offers new opportunities to enrich the “biolinguistic perspective” and extend it beyond an abstract framework for inquiry. As a theoretical linguist in the generative tradition and also a cognitive scientist schooled in the new imaging technology, the author is equipped to explore this. He examines what he calls the “hidden” re ... More

Keywords: theoretical linguistics, cognitive neurosciences, study of language, neuroimaging technology, generative tradition, fundamentals of linguistics, human mind, neurobiological correlates, boundaries of Babel, chaotic variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262134989
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262134989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Moro, author

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