Andreas Roepstorff

Concrete spatial language: see what I mean?

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Standard

Concrete spatial language : see what I mean? / Wallentin, Mikkel; Østergaard, Svend; Lund, Torben Ellegaard; Østergaard, Leif; Roepstorff, Andreas.

In: Brain and Language, Vol. 92, No. 3, 2005, p. 221-33.

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Harvard

APA

CBE

MLA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{707b8690cd0f11dd9710000ea68e967b,
title = "Concrete spatial language: see what I mean?",
abstract = "Conveying complex mental scenarios is at the heart of human language. Advances in cognitive linguistics suggest this is mediated by an ability to activate cognitive systems involved in non-linguistic processing of spatial information. In this fMRI-study, we compare sentences with a concrete spatial meaning to sentences with an abstract meaning. Using this contrast, we demonstrate that sentence meaning involving motion in a concrete topographical context, whether linked to animate or inanimate subjects nouns, yield more activation in a bilateral posterior network, including fusiform/parahippocampal, and retrosplenial regions, and the temporal-occipital-parietal junction. These areas have previously been shown to be involved in mental navigation and spatial memory tasks. Sentences with an abstract setting activate an extended largely left-lateralised network in the anterior temporal, and inferior and superior prefrontal cortices, previously found activated by comprehension of complex semantics such as narratives. These findings support a model of language, where the understanding of spatial semantic content emerges from the recruitment of brain regions involved in non-linguistic spatial processing.",
keywords = "Acoustic Stimulation, Adult, Cerebral Cortex, Female, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Parahippocampal Gyrus, Photic Stimulation, Reaction Time, Semantics, Space Perception",
author = "Mikkel Wallentin and Svend {\O}stergaard and Lund, {Torben Ellegaard} and Leif {\O}stergaard and Andreas Roepstorff",
year = "2005",
doi = "10.1016/j.bandl.2004.06.106",
language = "English",
volume = "92",
pages = "221--33",
journal = "Brain and Language",
issn = "0093-934X",
publisher = "Academic Press",
number = "3",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Concrete spatial language

T2 - see what I mean?

AU - Wallentin, Mikkel

AU - Østergaard, Svend

AU - Lund, Torben Ellegaard

AU - Østergaard, Leif

AU - Roepstorff, Andreas

PY - 2005

Y1 - 2005

N2 - Conveying complex mental scenarios is at the heart of human language. Advances in cognitive linguistics suggest this is mediated by an ability to activate cognitive systems involved in non-linguistic processing of spatial information. In this fMRI-study, we compare sentences with a concrete spatial meaning to sentences with an abstract meaning. Using this contrast, we demonstrate that sentence meaning involving motion in a concrete topographical context, whether linked to animate or inanimate subjects nouns, yield more activation in a bilateral posterior network, including fusiform/parahippocampal, and retrosplenial regions, and the temporal-occipital-parietal junction. These areas have previously been shown to be involved in mental navigation and spatial memory tasks. Sentences with an abstract setting activate an extended largely left-lateralised network in the anterior temporal, and inferior and superior prefrontal cortices, previously found activated by comprehension of complex semantics such as narratives. These findings support a model of language, where the understanding of spatial semantic content emerges from the recruitment of brain regions involved in non-linguistic spatial processing.

AB - Conveying complex mental scenarios is at the heart of human language. Advances in cognitive linguistics suggest this is mediated by an ability to activate cognitive systems involved in non-linguistic processing of spatial information. In this fMRI-study, we compare sentences with a concrete spatial meaning to sentences with an abstract meaning. Using this contrast, we demonstrate that sentence meaning involving motion in a concrete topographical context, whether linked to animate or inanimate subjects nouns, yield more activation in a bilateral posterior network, including fusiform/parahippocampal, and retrosplenial regions, and the temporal-occipital-parietal junction. These areas have previously been shown to be involved in mental navigation and spatial memory tasks. Sentences with an abstract setting activate an extended largely left-lateralised network in the anterior temporal, and inferior and superior prefrontal cortices, previously found activated by comprehension of complex semantics such as narratives. These findings support a model of language, where the understanding of spatial semantic content emerges from the recruitment of brain regions involved in non-linguistic spatial processing.

KW - Acoustic Stimulation

KW - Adult

KW - Cerebral Cortex

KW - Female

KW - Humans

KW - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

KW - Male

KW - Parahippocampal Gyrus

KW - Photic Stimulation

KW - Reaction Time

KW - Semantics

KW - Space Perception

U2 - 10.1016/j.bandl.2004.06.106

DO - 10.1016/j.bandl.2004.06.106

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 15721955

VL - 92

SP - 221

EP - 233

JO - Brain and Language

JF - Brain and Language

SN - 0093-934X

IS - 3

ER -