LINGUIST List 8.1279

Mon Sep 8 1997

Disc: Language "locations" in the brain

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  1. George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin, Language "locations" in the brain

Message 1: Language "locations" in the brain

Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 08:28:44 -0500
From: George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin <>
Subject: Language "locations" in the brain

I would very much appreciate hearing something from the knowledgeable
members of Linguist List about their reaction to the recent report in
*Nature* (and media worldwide) that persons who learn more than one
language as infants store them in a single location in the brain while
those who learn additional languages as adults store them in separate
locations in the brain. (Brutal summary, I know, but enough to identify the
topic in question.) Could I have some reactions? And a reaction to the
claim that no matter how many separate areas of this sort are established,
the "semantics" of all languages acquired is stored in a single area?
Thanks for your help....

Suzette Haden Elgin
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