Handbook of Neurolinguistics

Edited by

  • Harry Whitaker, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, USA
  • Brigitte Stemmer, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Neuropragmatics, Université de Montréal, Canada

The Handbook of Neurolinguistics is a state-of-the-art reference and resource book; it describes current research and theory in the many subfields of neurolinguistics and its clinical application. Thorough and clearly written, the Handbook provides an excellent overview of the field of neurolinguistics and its development.The book is organized into five parts covering the history of neurolinguistics, methods in clinical and experimental neurolinguistics, experimental neurolinguistics, clinical neurolinguistics, and resources in neurolinguistics. The first four parts contain a wide range of topics which discuss all important aspects of the many subfields of neurolinguistics. Also included are the relatively new and fast developing areas of research in discourse, pragmatics, and recent neuroimaging techniques. The resources section provides currently available resources, both traditional and modern. The Handbook is useful to the newcomer to the field, as well as the expert searching for the latest developments in neurolinguistics.
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Book information

  • Published: December 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-666055-5


"...I highly recommend this volume both for beginners approaching neurolinguistics for the first time (it is easy to read, rich in details, but at the same time linear in its development) and for experienced scientists (it is a gold mine of historical, clinical experimental, and methodological information)."
--Reviewed by Claudio Luzzatti in BRAIN AND LANGUAGE

"The Handbook of Neurolinguistics and the whole field as represented here turned out to be (at least in most of the 47 articles) a valuable source of a mature field and of new information...The understanding of grammar in neuroscientific terms will be the most exciting adventure of neurolinguistics for future decades. This excellent book prepares us for that task."
--Niels Birbaumer in CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY, 1999, Vol. 44, No. 4
"...this systemic, clear and coprehensive handbook organized in 50 accurate and swift chapters dealing with the most 'classical' neurolinguistic topics and also with the most innovative ones... is all in all highly informative and at the same time pleasant to read, since all the authors (more than 70) have opted for a clear and simple style bereft of extreme, unneeded technicalities. As editors of this notable volume, Brigitte Stemmer and Hary A. Whitaker deserve recognition for having conceived and successfully completed a comprehensive, methodological work which also takes into consideration the most recent experimental, clinical and therapeutical methods appleid int he field of neurolinguistics."

Table of Contents

Prologue:G. Gainotti, Category-Specific Disorders for Nouns and Verbs: A Very Old and Very New Problem. H. Goodglass, Advances in Neurolinguistic Research. A.R. Lecours and M. Simard, Cerebral Substrate of Language: Ontogenesis, Senescence, Aphasia, and Recoveries.History of Neurolinguistics:H.A. Whitaker, Neurolinguistics from the Middle Ages to the Pre-Modern Era: Historical Vignettes.Clinical and Experimental Methods in Neurolinguistics:K. Willmes, Methodological and Statistical Considerations in Cognitive Neurolinguistics. J. Neils-Strunjas, Clinical Assessment Strategies: Evaluation of Language Comprehension and Production by Formal Test Batteries. C. Westbury, Research Strategies: Psychological and Psycholinguistic Methods in Neurolinguistics. S.J. Segalowitz and H. Chevalier, Event-Related Potential (ERP) Research in Neurolinguistics: Part I: Techniques and Applications to Lexical Access. S.J. Segalowitz and H. Chevalier, Event-Related Potential (ERP) Research in Neurolinguistics: Part II: Language Processing and Acquisition. H.A. Whitaker, Electrical Stimulation Mapping of Language Cortex. J-F. Demonet, Tomographic Brain Imaging of Language Functions: Prospects for a New Brain/Language Model. A.C. Papanicolaou, P.G. Simos, and L.F.H. Basile, Applications of Magnetoencephalography to Neurolinguistic Research. P. Luu and D.M. Tucker, Vertical Integration of Neurolinguistic Mechanisms. N.F. Dronkers and C.A. Ludy, Brain Lesion Analysis in Clinical Research. J.A. Fields and A.I. Troster, The Sodium Amytal (Wada) Test: Procedural and Interpretative Considerations.Experimental Neurolinguistics:A. Levels of Language Representation and Processing: Linguistic and Psychological Aspects: J.T. Gandour, Phonetics and Phonology. G. Jarema, The Breakdown of Morphology in Aphasia: A Cross-Language Perspective. P. Hagoort, The Shadows of Lexical Meaning in Patients with Semantic Impairments. H. Kolk, Disorders of Syntax in Aphasia: Linguistic-Descriptive and Processing Approaches. Y. Chantraine, Y. Joanette, and D. Cardebat, Impairments of Discourse-Level Representations and Processes. Z. Eviatar, Attention as a Psychological Entity and Its Effects on Language and Communication. M. Van der Linden and M. Poncelet, The Role of Working Memory in Language and Communication Disorders. D. Van Lancker and N.A. Pachana, The Influence of Emotion on Language and Communication Disorders. D. Corina, The Processing of Sign Language: Evidence from Aphasia. S. Dehaene and L. Cohen, Levels of Representation in Number Processing. A.E. Harris and S.L. Small, Computational Models of Normal and Impaired Language in the Brain. B. Lateralization of Language and communication:M. Hiscock, Brain Lateralization across the Life Span. E. Zaidel, Language in the Right Hemisphere Following Callosal Disconnection. M. Kinsbourne, The Right Hemisphere and Recovery from Aphasia. F. Aboitiz and A. Ide, Anatomical Asymmetries in Language-Related Cortex and Their Relation to Callosal Function. J.B. Hellige, Unity of Language and Communication: Interhemispheric Interaction in the Lateralized Brain.Part IV: Clinical Neurolinguistics:A. Language and Communication in Special Populations and in Various Disease ProcessesM. Paradis, Language and Communication in Multilinguals. B. Crosson and S.E. Nadeau, The Role of Subcortical Structures in Linguistic Processes: Recent Developments. M.M. Cherrier, M.F. Mendez, J.L. Cummings, and D.F. Benson, Language and Communication in Non-Alzheimer's Dementias. P. Caramelli, L.L. Mansur, and R. Nitrini, Language and Communication Disorders in Dementia of the Alzheimer Type. H. Cohen, Language Impairment in Parkinson's Disease. S. McDonald, Communication and Language Disturbances Following Traumatic Brain Injury. J.I. Tracy, Language Abnormalities in Psychosis: Evidence for the Interaction between Cognitive and Linguistic Mechanisms. B. Language and Communication in Developmental Disorders:G. Denes, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Clinical and Linguistic Aspects. S. Sarkari, A.A. Tan, and D.L. Molfese, The Development of Language in Some Neurological Diseases. F. Happe, Language and Communication Disorders in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. C. Recovery from and Rehabilitation of Language and Communication Disorders:S.F. Cappa, Spontaneous Recovery from Aphasia. L. Blomert, Recovery from Language Disorders: Interactions between Brain and Rehabilitation. N. Martin, Recovery and Treatment of Acquired Reading and Spelling Disorders. P.H.K. Seymour, Neurolinguistic Issues in the Treatment of Childhood Literacy Disorders. V.M. Roth and R.C. Katz, The Role of Computers in Aphasia Rehabilitation.Resources in Clinical and Experimental Neurolinguistics and Related Fields:B. MacWhinney, Computational Transcript Analysis and Language Disorders. B. Stemmer and B. Gahl, Neurolinguistic and Related Assessment and Rehabilitation Software: A Listing. B. Stemmer and S. Lacher, Neurolinguistic and Related Journal and Book Resources: A Listing. B. Stemmer and M. Hild, Neurolinguistic and Related Resources on the Internet: A Listing.References.Index.