This textbook is intended for anybody who wants to acquire a grounding in
the field of neurolinguistics. It was written for students of linguistics and
communication disorders, but students of psychology, neuroscience and
other disciplines will also find it valuable. The introductory section presents
the theories, models and frameworks underlying modern neurolinguistics.
Then, the neurolinguistic aspects of different components of language -
phonology, morphology, lexical semantics, and semantics-pragmatics in
communication - are discussed.
The third section examines reading and writing, bilingualism, the evolution of
language, and multimodality. The book also contains three resource
chapters, one on techniques for investigating the brain, another on modeling
brain functions, and a third that introduces the basic concepts of
neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. This text provides an up-to-date
linguistic perspective, with a special focus on semantics and pragmatics,
evolutionary perspectives, neural network modeling and multimodality, areas
that have been less central in earlier introductory works.
Table of contents
List of tables x
List of figures xi-xii
Part I: Introduction to neurolinguistics
What is neurolinguistics? 3-8
The development of theories about brain and language 9-34
Models and frameworks in neurolinguistics today 35-51
Part II: Neurolinguistics for different components of language
Phonology in neurolinguistics 55-65
Morphology and syntax in neurolinguistics 67-78
Lexical semantics 79-96
The semantics and pragmatics of communicative contributions in context
from a neurolinguistic perspective 97-108
Part III: Specific topics in neurolinguistics
Reading and writing from a neurolinguistic perspective 111-120
Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism 121-127
On the evolution and development of the brain, communication, and
Multimodality in neurolinguistics 145-158
Part IV: Resource chapters
Methods of investigating the brain 161-166
Modeling the brain 167-177
Some basic concepts in neuroscience 179-188
"There is definitely a need for an up-to-date Introduction to neurolinguistics.
This text book is very pedagogical. It is well organized into chapters, and
each chapter is itself well organized, with clearly defined concepts, a survey
of the most relevant literature, an integration of each subtopic into the whole,
followed by references, suggested reading, and assignments."
Michel Paradis, McGill University
"Of particular value are the frequent links to therapy, on the practical side,
and different models of brain-language relationships, on the theoretical side.
The many points of contact between neurolinguistics and other disciplines
will be of value to the professional. Elisabeth Ahlsén's book is recommended
as a first-text approach to the science and practice of neurolinguistics."
Harry Whitaker, Northern Michigan University