The Psychological Reality of Syntactic Trees

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

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Anne Mette Nyvad - Foredragsholder

In generative grammar, syntactic tree diagrams are employed as a means of illustrating the representation of syntactic structure in the mind. As it turns out, this hierarchical ordering may actually be reflected in the neuropsychology of speakers. In this talk, I will present some empirical data relating to both language acquisition and language breakdown that show the selective nature of syntactic impairments (e.g. problems with verb movement and inflection, clausal embedding and question formation), suggesting an underlying deficit in the higher (functional) nodes of clauses. This allows for a unified descriptive account of a range of neurolinguistic and developmental conditions with similar syntactic profiles that may ultimately result from diffuse deficiency or damage in the left hemisphere of the brain (the traditional language area).
17 maj 2018

Begivenhed (Seminar)

AfholdelsesstedAarhus Universitet
Grad af anerkendelseLokal begivenhed


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