Towards a new neurobiology of language

David Poeppel, Karen Emmorey, Gregory Hickok, Liina Pylkkänen

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Theoretical advances in language research and the availability of increasingly high-resolution experimental techniques in the cognitive neurosciences are profoundly changing how we investigate and conceive of the neural basis of speech and language processing. Recent work closely aligns language research with issues at the core of systems neuroscience, ranging from neurophysiological and neuroanat-omic characterizations toquestions about neural coding. Here wehighlight, across different aspects of language processing (perception, production, sign language, meaning construction), new insights and approaches to the neurobiology of language, aiming to describe promising new areas of investigation in which the neurosciences intersect with linguistic research more closely than before. This paper summarizes in brief some of the issues that constitute the background for talks presented in a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. It is not a comprehensive review of any of the issues that are discussed in the symposium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14125-14131
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 10 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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