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  Linguistic prominence and Broca's area: The influence of animacy as a linearization principle

Grewe, T., Bornkessel, I., Zysset, S., Wiese, R., von Cramon, D. Y., & Schlesewsky, M. (2006). Linguistic prominence and Broca's area: The influence of animacy as a linearization principle. NeuroImage, 32(3), 1395-1402. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.04.213.

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Grewe, Tanja, Author
Bornkessel, Ina1, Author              
Zysset, Stefan2, Author              
Wiese, Richard, Author
von Cramon, D. Yves2, Author              
Schlesewsky, Matthias, Author
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1Max Planck Research Group Neurotypology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634568              
2Department Cognitive Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634563              

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Free keywords: Language comprehension; Linearization principles; Argument hierarchization; Animacy; Inferior frontal gyrus; Pars opercularis
 Abstract: Previous neuroimaging findings suggest a sensitivity of the pars opercularis of the left inferior frontal gyrus (i.e. a core subregion of Broca's area) to a number of linguistic dependencies governing the linear sequencing of information in a sentence (e.g. subjects should precede objects; the participant role hierarchy should be respected). The present study used event-related fMRI to examine the hitherto untested hypothesis that the violation of a linearization principle that is purely semantic in nature (animate arguments should precede inanimate arguments) would also lead to increased pars opercularis activation. To this end, we manipulated the features animacy and argument order in German sentences and found a significant increase of activation in the pars opercularis for a violation of the animacy principle even when the other factors mentioned above were controlled for. This result therefore calls for a “supra-syntactic” account of pars opercularis function in the real-time understanding of sentences.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2006
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 288049
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DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.04.213
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Publ. Info: Orlando, FL : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 32 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1395 - 1402 Identifier: ISSN: 1053-8119
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922650166