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  The neurobiological nature of syntactic hierarchies

Zaccarella, E., & Friederici, A. D. (2017). The neurobiological nature of syntactic hierarchies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 81(Part B), 205-212. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.038.

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Item Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-2E36-8 Version Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-5361-0
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Zaccarella, Emiliano1, Author              
Friederici, Angela D.1, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              

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Free keywords: Syntax; Merge; Uniqueness; BA 44; Dorsal pathway
 Abstract: The review focuses on the neurobiological literature concerning the specific human ability to process linguistic hierarchies. First, we will discuss current ethological studies dedicated to the comparison between human and non-human animals for the processing of different grammar types. We will inspect the functional neuroanatomical structures of human and non-human primates more closely, including human developmental data, thereby suggesting interesting phylogenetic and ontogenetic differences. We then examine the neural reality of the Merge computation, being the most fundamental mechanism regulating natural language syntax, and offer new evidence for a possible localization of Merge in the most ventral anterior portion of BA 44. We conclude that BA 44, with its strong neural connection to the posterior temporal cortex, provides a recent evolutionary neurobiological basis for the unique human faculty of language.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2016-07-282016-02-292016-07-282016-07-292017-10
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.038
PMID: 27477445
Other: Epub 2016
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Title: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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Publ. Info: New York [etc.] : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 81 (Part B) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 205 - 212 Identifier: ISSN: 0149-7634
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954928536106