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Language in the Brain


  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521515498
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  • Linguistics, neurocognition, and phenomenological psychology are fundamentally different fields of research. Helmut Schnelle provides an interdisciplinary understanding of a new integrated field in which linguists can be competent in neurocognition and neuroscientists in structure linguistics. Consequently the first part of the book is a systematic introduction to the function of the form and meaning-organising brain component – with the essential core elements being perceptions, actions, attention, emotion and feeling. Their descriptions provide foundations for experiences based on semantics and pragmatics. The second part is addressed to non-linguists and presents the structural foundations of currently established linguistic frameworks. This book should be serious reading for anyone interested in a comprehensive understanding of language, in which evolution, functional organisation and hierarchies are explained by reference to brain architecture and dynamics.

    • Bridges the gap between neuroscience and principles of linguistics, and provides an interdisciplinary approach to perspectives of language form, use and meaning
    • Divided into two parts, allowing a basic and more comprehensive view for the beginner and advanced reader
    • Fully illustrated, with comprehensive descriptions to help understanding of the models of translating formalist linguistic structure descriptions into plausible neural models
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    "The book is informative [and] ambitious."
    Andrew Kertesz, The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521515498
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introducing Cognitive Neuroscience to Linguists:
    1. The brain in functional perspective
    2. Organization in complex organisms
    3. Neural perspectives of semantics: examples of seeing, acting, memorizing, meaningful understanding, feeling, and thought
    4. Combination and integration of intelligent thought and feeling
    Part II. Introducing Linguistics to Scientists:
    5. Introducing formal grammar
    6. Grammar as life
    7. Integrating language organization in mind and brain - the world of thinking and knowing, liking or hating other people's mind/brain/bodies
    8. Dynamic language organization in stages of complexity.

  • Author

    Helmut Schnelle, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany

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