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The brain does not serve linguistic theory so easily

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 September 2001

Willem J. M. Levelt
Affiliation:
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 6500 AH, Nijmegen, The Netherlandspim@mpi.nl www.mpi.nl

Abstract

It is a major move from the claim that the core linguistic problem in Broca's aphasia is the inability to deal with traces, to the claim that this is the syntactic operation only and that it is exclusively supported by Broca's region. Three arguments plead against this move. First, many Broca patients have no damage to Broca's area. Second, it is not only passive, but also active jabberwocky sentences that activate the frontal operculum in a judgment task. Third, the same area is involved in a phrase-building production task that does not require tense processing.

Type
Brief Report
Copyright
© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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