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Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080453521, 9780080564913

Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language

1st Edition

Editors: Brigitte Stemmer Harry Whitaker
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080453521
eBook ISBN: 9780080564913
Paperback ISBN: 9781483299693
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th March 2008
Page Count: 512
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In the last ten years the neuroscience of language has matured as a field. Ten years ago, neuroimaging was just being explored for neurolinguistic questions, whereas today it constitutes a routine component. At the same time there have been significant developments in linguistic and psychological theory that speak to the neuroscience of language. This book consolidates those advances into a single reference.

The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language provides a comprehensive overview of this field. Divided into five sections, section one discusses methods and techniques including clinical assessment approaches, methods of mapping the human brain, and a theoretical framework for interpreting the multiple levels of neural organization that contribute to language comprehension. Section two discusses the impact imaging techniques (PET, fMRI, ERPs, electrical stimulation of language cortex, TMS) have made to language research. Section three discusses experimental approaches to the field, including disorders at different language levels in reading as well as writing and number processing. Additionally, chapters here present computational models, discuss the role of mirror systems for language, and cover brain lateralization with respect to language. Part four focuses on language in special populations, in various disease processes, and in developmental disorders. The book ends with a listing of resources in the neuroscience of language and a glossary of items and concepts to help the novice become acquainted with the field.

Editors Stemmer & Whitaker prepared this book to reflect recent developments in neurolinguistics, moving the book squarely into the cognitive neuroscience of language and capturing the developments in the field over the past 7 years.

Key Features

  • History section focuses on topics that play a current role in neurolinguistics research, aphasia syndromes, and lesion analysis
  • Includes section on neuroimaging to reflect the dramatic changes in methodology over the past decade
  • Experimental and clinical section reflects recent developments in the field


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Table of Contents

PART I – Methods and Techniques

1. Classical and Contemporary Assessment of Aphasia and Acquired Disorders of Language
2. The Hypothesis Testing Approach to the Assessment of Language
3. The Intracarotid Amobarbital Test (Wada Test) and Complementary Procedures to Evaluate Language Before Epilepsy Surgery
4. Architectonic Language Research
5. Microgenesis of Language: Vertical Integration of Linguistic Mechanisms Across the Neuroaxis
6. A Brief Introduction to Common Neuroimaging Techniques

PART II – Neuroimaging of Language

7. PET Research of Language
8. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research of Language
9. Event-Related Potentials in the Study of Language
10. Direct Electrical Stimulation of Language Cortex
11. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a Tool for Studying Language

PART III – Experimental Neuroscience of Language and Communication

12. Disorders of Phonetics and Phonology
13. Impaired Morphological Processing
14. Disorders of Lexis
15. Disorders of Syntax
16. The Neural Bases of Text and Discourse Processing
17. Neuropragmatics: Disorders and Neural Systems
18. The Role of Memory Systems in Disorders of Language
19. The Relation of Human Language to Human Emotion
20. Acquired Reading and Writing Disorders
21. Number Processing
22. Neurolinguistic Computational Models
23. Mirror Neurons and Language
24. Lateralization of Language Across the Life Span
25. Interhemispheric Interaction in the Lateralized Brain

PART IV – Clinical Neuroscience of Language

A. Language in Special Populations and in Various Disease Processes
26. Acute Aphasias
27. Language in Dementia
28. Frontal Lobes and Language
29. The Torque Defines the Four Quadrants of the Human Language Circuit and the Nuclear Symptoms of Schizophrenia Identify Their Component Functions
30. Stuttering and Dysfluency
31. Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Model for Understanding the Relationship Between Language and Memory
32. Subcortical Language Mechanisms
33. Language and Communication Disorders in Multilinguals
34. Language and Communication in Aging

B. Language and Communication in Developmental Disorders

35. Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia or Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: Clinical and Linguistic Aspects
36. Language and Communication in Williams Syndrome
37. Language and Communication Disorders in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

C. Recovery from, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Language and Communication Disorders

38. Spontaneous Recovery of Aphasia
39. Therapeutic Approaches in Aphasia Rehabilitation
40. The Pharmacological Treatment of Aphasia
41. Recovery and Treatment of Acquired Reading and Spelling Disorders
42. The Role of Electronic Devices in the Rehabilitation of Language Disorders

PART V – Resources
43. Resources in the Neuroscience of Language: A Listing


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About the Editors

Brigitte Stemmer

Affiliations and Expertise

Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Neuropragmatics, Université de Montréal, Canada

Harry Whitaker

Affiliations and Expertise

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, USA

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