Neuroimaging of syntax and syntactic processing

Yosef Grodzinsky*, Angela D. Friederici

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent results challenge and refine the prevailing view of the way language is represented in the human brain. Syntactic knowledge and processing mechanisms that implement syntax in use are mapped onto neural tissue in experiments that harness both syntactic concepts and imaging technologies to the study of brain mechanisms in healthy and impaired populations. In the emerging picture, syntax is neurologically segregated, and its component parts are housed in several distinct cerebral loci that extend beyond the traditional ones - Broca's and Wernicke's regions in the left hemisphere. In particular, the new brain map for syntax implicates portions of the right cerebral hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
European-New an Emerging Science Technology12778
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada410-2005-1908
Canada Foundation for Innovation200009
Canada Research Chairs


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