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Language and the Brain

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Ken Ramshøj Christensen - Lecturer

Language is central to being human. It comes so natural to us that it is all to easy to overlook its intricate complexity. Language is a unique capacity, and in fact, unique in the biological world.
The brain is also - in a very literal sense - central to being human. It is also unique in its complexity. The link between human language and the brain is one of the most fundamental questions of cognitive science.
In my talk I will discuss what makes language special, and how language is processed in the human brain. Using data from a series of neurolinguistic experiments using brain scanners, I will show how and where meaning (semantics) and structure (syntax) interact and overlap in the brain. I will also talk about how the linguistic systems sometimes fool us, and how language is affected when people suffer brain damage.
12 Mar 2013

Event (Conference)

TitleLanguage and the Brain
Date12/03/2013 → …
LocationEnglish Lecture Society, Aarhus Universitet
CityAarhus
Country/TerritoryDenmark

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