LINGUIST List 31.3467

Tue Nov 10 2020

Books: The Oscillatory Nature of Language: Murphy

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Subject: The Oscillatory Nature of Language: Murphy
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Title: The Oscillatory Nature of Language
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Elliot Murphy
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108836319 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108836319 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00

Drawing on cutting-edge ideas from the biological and cognitive sciences, this book presents both an innovative neuro-computational model of language comprehension and a state-of-the-art review of current topics in neurolinguistics. It explores a range of newly-emerging topics in the biological study of language, building them into a framework which views language as grounded in endogenous neural oscillatory behaviour. This allows the author to formulate a number of hypotheses concerning the relationship between neurobiology and linguistic computation. Murphy also provides an extensive overview of recent theoretical and experimental work on the neurobiological basis of language, from which the reader will emerge up-to-date on major themes and debates. This lively overview of contemporary issues in theoretical linguistics, combined with a clear theory of how language is processed, is essential reading for scholars and students across a range of disciplines.

1. Theory and praxis
2. Brain dynamics of language
3. A neural code for language
4. Conclusions and future directions

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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