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The Boundaries of BabelThe Brain and the Enigma of Impossible Languages$
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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262134989

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262134989.001.0001

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Language in the Brain

Language in the Brain

(p.121) 2 Language in the Brain
The Boundaries of Babel

Andrea Moro

The MIT Press

This chapter uses the fundamental aspects of language discussed in Chapter 1 to analyze two brain experiments. The presentation of the experiments is preceded by a brief sketch of the two fundamental neuroimaging techniques they employ: Positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The chapter is crucial for understanding the limits and potentials of these new neuroimaging techniques. It shows how, if a sound theoretical framework is lacking, techniques and machines cannot provide interesting data.

Keywords:   brain experiments, neuroimaging techniques, positron emission tomography, fMRI

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