The Brain

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The Brain

The brain is composed of two cerebral hemispheres-the right and the left. They are joined by the corpus callosum.

NeurolinguisticsThe study of the biological and neural foundations of language

The Brain

What role does the brain play in the acquisition and use of language?What is the brain like? How is it constructed?

Let's find out!

Anomia is the inability to find the word you wish to speak.Specific language impairment is a condition where children with no brain lesions have trouble acquiring language.

Damage to Broca's area in the left hemishpere causes difficulties with sentence formation and syntax.

The study of aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage, has been important for understanding the brain and language.

Damage to Wernicke's area in the left hemishpere causes difficulties with semantics and often produces jargon.

The study of aphasia has helped scientists understand that language is mainly a left- hemisphere function. However, the right-hemisphere of the brain does play a role in early language acquisition.

Non-invasive technology can help scientists study the brain and its activity. CT, MRI, and PET scans are common recording technologies used.

The critical-age hypothesis states that there is a window of opportunity for children to learn a first language.


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