Processing Syntax and Morphology

Paperback | October 3, 2009

byIna Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Matthias Schlesewsky

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This book reviews interdisciplinary work on the mental processing of syntax and morphology. It focuses on the fundamental questions at the centre of this research, for example whether language processing proceeds in a serial or a parallel manner; which areas of the brain support the processingof syntactic and morphological information; whether there are neurophysiological correlates of language processing; and the degree to which neurolinguistic findings on syntactic and morphological processing are consistent with theoretical conceptions of syntax and morphology. The authors describethe outcomes of methods in neurophysiology (for example, functional magnetic resonance imaging), behavioural psycholinguistics, and neuropsychological lesion studies, and provide brief introductions to the methods themselves. They extend basic findings at the word and sentence level by consideringhow the mental processing of syntax and morphology relates to prosody, discourse, semantics, and world knowledge. They have divided the work into four parts concerned with word structure, sentence structure, processing syntax and morphology at the interfaces, and a comparison of different models ofsyntactic and morphological processing in the neurophysiological domain. The book is directed at graduate students and researchers in theoretical linguistics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, neurophysiology, and psychology.

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This book reviews interdisciplinary work on the mental processing of syntax and morphology. It focuses on the fundamental questions at the centre of this research, for example whether language processing proceeds in a serial or a parallel manner; which areas of the brain support the processingof syntactic and morphological information;...

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky is Head of the Research Group Neurotypology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. She is the author of articles in a range of linguistic, psychological and neuroscientific journals, including Psychological Review, Brain Research Reviews, Human Brain Mapping, Cognition...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:October 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199207828

ISBN - 13:9780199207824

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Methodological PrerequisitesPart I: Syntax and Morphology at the Word Level3. Basic Categories: The Noun-Verb Distinction4. Inflectional Morphology5. Derivational Morphology6. Syntax and Morphology at the Word Level: Summary and Critical EvaluationPart II: Syntax and Morphology in Sentence processing7. Mapping Form Onto Meaning: The Requirements for a Sentence Processor8. Constituent Order9. Relational Structure10. The Processing of Complex Structures11. The Processing of Modifiers12. On The Functional Interpretation of late Positive ERP Effects in Language ProcessingPart III: Processing Syntax and Morphology at the Interfaces13. The Influence of Prosody14. Information StructurePart IV: Neurocognitive Models of Syntactic and Morphological Processing15. Neurocognitive Models of Language Comprehension16. Future DirectionsReferencesIndex of SubjectsIndex of Authors