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The Contribution of Brain Imaging to the Study of Human Language

Manuel Martín-Loeches
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2011-1111


This article presents an overview of the contribution of brain imaging techniques to the study of human language by first reviewing previous historical approaches to the study of the relationships between language and the brain. A brief introduction to modern brain imaging techniques follows, thereafter describing several concrete examples of contributions of these techniques to better know the human language, as well as to vivid debates into the linguistic and the psycholinguistic disciplines. This overview finishes with a comment on the present and the future of studying language with brain imaging techniques. It is concluded that these techniques are playing an essential role in the understanding of human language.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2011-09-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 521–530, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2011-1111.

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