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Tue Nov 25 2003

Books: Neurolinguistics: Pulvermuller

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  1. jreid, The Neuroscience of Language: Pulvermuller

Message 1: The Neuroscience of Language: Pulvermuller

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 11:17:56 -0500 (EST)
From: jreid <>
Subject: The Neuroscience of Language: Pulvermuller

Title: The Neuroscience of Language 
Subtitle: On Brain Circuits of Words and Serial Order 

Publication Year: 2003 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 

Book URL: 

Availability: Available 

Author: Friedemann Pulverm´┐Żller, Medical Research Council, Cambridge 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521790263, Pages: 332, Price: U.S.: 90 
Hardback: ISBN: 0521790263, Pages: 332, Price: U.K.: 65 
Paperback: ISBN: 0521793742, Pages: 332, Price: U.S.: 32 
Paperback: ISBN: 0521793742, Pages: 332, Price: U.K.: 21.95 


How is language organized in the human brain? The Neuroscience of 
Language puts forth the first systematic model of language to bridge 
the gap between linguistics and neuroscience. Neuronal models of word 
and serial order processing are presented in the form of a 
computational, connectionist neural network. The linguistic emphasis 
is on words and elementary syntactic rules. Introductory chapters 
focus on neuronal structure and function, cognitive brain processes, 
the basics of classical aphasia research and modern neuroimaging of 
language, neural network approaches to language, and the basics of 
syntactic theories. The essence of the work is contained in chapters 
on neural algorithms and networks, basic syntax, serial order 
mechanisms, and neuronal grammar. Throughout, excursuses illustrate 
the functioning of brain models of language, some of which are 
accessible as animations on the book's accompanying web site. It will 
appeal to graduate students and researchers in neuroscience, 
psychology, linguistics, and computational modeling. 

1. A guide to the book 
2. Neuronal structure and function 
3. From aphasia research to neuroimaging 
4. Words in the brain 
Excursus E1: Explaining neuropsychological double dissociations 
5. Regulation, overlap, and web tails 
6. Neural algorithms and neural networks 
7. Basic syntax 
8. Serial order mechanisms I: Synfire chains 
9. Serial order mechanisms II: Sequence detectors 
10. Neuronal grammar 
Excursus E2: Basic bits of neuronal grammar 
Excursus E3: A web response to a sentence 
11. Neuronal grammar and algorithms 
12. Refining neuronal grammar 
Excursus E4: Multiple reverberation for resolving lexical ambiguity 
Excursus E5: Multiple reverberation and multiple center embeddings 
13. Neurophysiology of syntax 
14. Linguistics and the brain 

Lingfield(s): Neurolinguistics 

Written In: English (Language Code: English) 

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