Does Broca's play by the rules?

Gary F. Marcus, Athena Vouloumanos, Ivan A. Sag

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Languages may all share and be constrained by a universal grammar. A new study shows that Broca's area (long thought to participate in grammatical aspects of language) becomes increasingly active as participants acquire rules from a foreign language, but not as they acquire comparable rules that are inconsistent with real languages. Could Broca's area be a neural substrate for universal grammar?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-652
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Marcus, G. F., Vouloumanos, A., & Sag, I. A. (2003). Does Broca's play by the rules? Nature Neuroscience, 6(7), 651-652.