The relationship between brain structure and language has been of interest since the
nineteenth century, as is evidenced by phrenology studies. In modern times, neurolinguistics has
tried to investigate this relationship more objectively and scientifically. In their book Language and the brain, Obler and Gjerlow define neurolinguistics as “the study of how the brain (neuro) permits us to have language (linguistics)” (p. 1). As the definition
indicates, the book addresses neurolinguistics in a simple, nontechnical manner. Except for
chapter 2, “The Brain,” the book presents a readable yet comprehensive account of
the important issues in neurolinguistics.