Biological Perspectives on Language

Edited by David Caplan

Profoundly influenced by the analyses, of contemporary linguistics, these original contributions bring a number of different views to bear on important issues in a controversial area of study. The linguistic structures and language-related processes the book deals with are for the most part central (syntactic structures, phonological representations, semantic readings) rather than peripheral (acousticphonetic structures and the perception and production of these structures) aspects of language. Each section contains a summarizing introduction.

Section I takes up issues at the interface of linguistics and neurology: The Concept of a Mental Organ for Language; Neural Mechanisms, Aphasia, and Theories of Language; Brain-based and Non-brain-based Models of Language; Vocal Learning and Its Relation to Replaceable Synapses and Neurons.

Section II presents linguistic and psycholinguistic issues: Aspects of Infant Competence and the Acquisition of Language; the Linguistic Analysis of Aphasic Syndromes; the Clinical Description of Aphasia (Linguistic Aspects); The Psycholinguistic Interpretation of Aphasias; The Organization of Processing Structure for Language Production; and The Neuropsychology of Bilingualism.

Section III deals with neural issues: Where is the Speech Area and Who has Seen It? Determinants of Recovery from Aphasia; Anatomy of Language; Lessons from Comparative Anatomy; Event Related Potentials and Language; Neural Models and Very Little About Language.

The book is in the series, Studies in Neuropsychology and Neurolinguistics.

Table of Contents

  1. Errata
  2. Series Foreword
  3. Introduction
  4. Part I: Issues at the Interface of Neurological and Psychological Approaches to Languages
  5. 1. The Mental Organ for Language

    David Caplan

  6. 2. Neural Mechanisms, Aphasia, and Theories of Language

    Norman Geschwind

  7. 3. Brain-Based and Non-Brain-Based Models of Language

    John Morton

  8. 4. Vocal Learning and its Possible Relation to Replaceable Synapses and Neurons

    Fernando Nottebohm

  9. Part II: Linguistic and Psychological Issues
  10. 5. Infant Competence and the Acquisition of Language

    Peter D. Eimas

  11. 6. Linguistic Analysis of Aphasic Syndromes: The Doing and Undoing of Aphasia Research

    Mary-Louise Kean

  12. 7. Clinical Description of Aphasia: Linguistic Aspects

    Jean-Luc Nespoulous André Roch Lecours

  13. 8. Psycholinguistic Interpretations of the Aphasias

    Edgar Zurif

  14. 9. The Organization of Processing Structure for Language Production: Applications to Aphasic Speech

    Merrill F. Garrett

  15. 10. The Neuropsychology of Bilingualism

    Loraine K. Obler

  16. Part III: Neural Issues
  17. 11. Where is the Speech Area, and Who Has Seen It?

    André Roch Lecours, Anna Basso, Sylvia Moraschini and Jean-Luc Nespoulous

  18. 12. Determinants of Recovery from Aphasia

    Andrew Kertesz

  19. 13. The Anatomy of Language: Lessons from Comparative Anatomy

    Albert M. Galaburda

  20. 14. Event-Related Potentials in the Study of Speech and Language: A Critical Review

    Terence W. Picton and Donald T. Struss

  21. 15. Neural Models and a Little About Language

    James A. Anderson

  22. List of Contributors
  23. Index