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Notes on "Brain and Language" Chapter, roughly 2-and-a-half pages DO NOT COPY VERBATIM
Introduction to Study of Language
Dr. Torrence
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Linguistics, ling, TORRENCE, brain, and, Language, week 1
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Date Created: 10/03/16
10/3/16 th DISCLAIMERS: Thesthreferenths are based off the 9 edition, but the information works for both 9 and 10 editions regardless. Please DO NOT copy this for your own homework or notes. The Human Brain p.44  Brain – most complex organ. It has: o Cortex – surface of the brain (“gray matter”). Is the decision making organ of the body.  Holds the grammar representing our knowledge of language. o Right and left cerebral hemispheres, the right hemis controls the left side of the body, and visa versa. This function is called a contralateral brain function.  Both are connected by the corpus callosum (allows the two hemispheres to communicate with the other)  Localization of the Brain p.45 o Neuro-linguistics: study of brain mechanisms/anatomical structures underlying ling competence and performance. o Joseph Gall proposed localization in early 19 cent.  Most of his ideas are wrong (ex: phrenology) but his thought that linguistic capacities are functions of localized brains areas has been supported  Aphasia: neurological term for any lang disorder resulting from brain disease or trauma. Studying those with Aphasia led to many advances. p.46 o 1860s, Paul Broca claimed lang is localized on the left hemisphere frontal lobe, or “Broca’s Area”. o 1870s, Carl Wernicke claimed lang localized also on the left hemis temporal lobe, or “Wernicke’s Area”. o Thus, lang is lateralized (localized to one hemis only) on the left hemisphere. o Broca’s Aphasia: affects lang production. Inefficient ability to form sentences. Lang produced is agrammatic (lacking grammatical elements). Have problems with syntax.  These aphasics (aka agrammatic aphasics) also can’t comprehend complex syntactic structure. (ex: the cat chased the dog. Fail to understand who did the chasing.) o Wernicke’s Aphasia: affects lang comprehension. Inefficient ability to name objects, choose words when speaking. Often produce nonsense words. Have probs with semantics.  Severe Wern Aphasia aka jargon aphasia. o Both Aphasia’s support theory of modular organization (parts of lang processed by diff neural mechanisms) of lang in the brain.  Aphasics prove that neural connections exist between semantics and phonetics (tool and pool, sable and table)  Similar to acquired dyslexics (became dyslexic after brain damage) o We all experience Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon, but aphasics with severe ammonia rarely can find the word they wish to speak. o Aphasic deaf signers show similar lang deficits to hearing aphasics.  Brain Plasticity and Lateralization in Early Life p.54 o Lateralization of lang happens very early in life. o In youth, phonological and syntactic processing are automatic reflexes. o Even if a young child undergoes a hemispherectomy (one hemis is removed), they experience little aphasia and reacquire normal lang progress quickly.  Thus, even if the left hemis (lang hemis) is removed, the right hemis quickly fills in for the missing hemis in young children.  Right hemis seems to play big part in early lang development o However, a left hemispherectomy for an adult means severe lang loss.  Split Brain p.55 o Those with severe epilepsy have their corpus callosum cut, ending communication b/w the hemispheres.  The two hemis become independent, and messages result in diff responses, depending on which side receives message.  Other Experimental Evidence of Brain Organization p.56 o Dichotic listening: experimental technique using auditory signals to observe brain behavior.  Subjects frequently correct in naming words, syllables, and other linguistic stimuli heard through right ear.  Subjects freq. correct in hearing musical chords, sounds, and other nonverbal stimuli heard through left ear.  Contralateral (opposite side) stimuli are processed more robustly than ipsilateral (same-side) stimuli b/c they don’t need to cross the corpus callosum o Researchers also investigate perceptual and cognitive info and measure event-related potentials (ERPs), which brain emits in response to stimuli.  Ex: ERP diffs happen in hearing speech vs nonverbal sounds.  Jabberwocky sentences (grammatically correct sents with nonsense words) also trigger ERP in left hemis.  The Autonomy of Language p.58 o Some children suffer from specific language impairment (SLI) – affects certain aspects of grammar.  Strikes even though they aren’t retarded, autistic, and lack perceptual problems.  Can run in families  Struggle with verbal inflection, syntactic stuctures. Resembles aphasic problems.  Ex: “meowmeow chase mice”; “show me knife”; “it not long one”  Other Dissociations of Language and Cognition p.59 o Savants: those who are gifted with talent, but lack ability to care for themselves.  Genetic Basis of Language p.61 o Turner syndrome: normal lang and advanced reading skills, but major nonlinguistic cognitive deficits. o Williams syndrome: certain ling functions relatively preserved despite visual and spatial cognitive deficits and moderate retardation. o Klinefelter syndrome: selective syntactic and semantic deficits, but intact intelligence. Language and Development p. 62  The Critical Period: lang is acquired easily, w/o external interruption. p.62 o Start learning at birth – need exposure to lang to develop normally. o Late lang exposure affects the fundamental organization of brain for lang. o Critical age hypothesis: lang is biologically based, ability to learn lang develops in fixed period, usually birth to mid childhood. o Kids who missed their critical period show patterns of brain lateralization.  Usually never acquire the grammatical rules of English.  Lang lateralizes to the right hemis for them b/c of inadequate ling stimulation.  Ex: Genie, didn’t learn lang until age 15.  Critical Period for Bird Song p.65 o Song acquisition occurs in many stages o A chaffinch can’t learn new song elements after 10 months of age. o Must not be isolated from other birds in order to develop song correctly o Some birds must be able to hear themselves sing in order to learn. o Shows us that basic nature of human lang is innate, but the details of it are acquired.


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