Much of the groundbreaking work in many fields is now occurring at the intersection of traditional academic disciplines. This development is well demonstrated in this important and unique volume, which offers a multidisciplinary view of current findings and cutting-edge issues involving the relationship between mind, brain, and language.
Marie T. Banich and Molly Mack have edited a collection of 11 invited chapters from top researchers (and have contributed two of their own chapters) to create a volume organized around five major topics--language emergence, influence, and development; models of language and language processing; the neurological bases of language; language disruption and loss; and dual-language systems. Topics range from the evolution of language and child-language acquisition to brain imaging and the "bilingual brain."
To maintain continuity throughout, care has been taken to ensure that the chapters have been written in a style accessible to scholars across many disciplines, from anthropology and psycholinguistics to cognitive science and neurobiology. Because of its depth and breadth, this book is appropriate both as a textbook in a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses and as a valuable resource for researchers and scholars interested in further understanding the background of and current developments in our understanding of the mind/brain/language relationship.
Contents: Preface. Part I: The Emergence, Influence, and Development of Language. P. Lieberman, Language Evolution and Innateness. G. Bennardo, Language, Mind, and Culture: From Linguistic Relativity to Representational Modularity. P.W. Jusczyk, The Role of Speech Perception Capacities in Early Language Acquisition. Part II: Models of Language and Language Processing. N. Smith, Dissociation and Modularity: Reflections on Language and Mind. G.K. Pullum, B.C. Scholz, Linguistic Models. D.C. Plaut, Connectionist Modeling of Language: Examples and Implications. Part III: The Neurological Bases of Language. M. Kutas, B.M. Schmitt, Language in Microvolts. R.J. Zatorre, Functional and Structural Imaging in the Study of Auditory Language Processes. C. Chiarello, Parallel Systems for Processing Language: Hemispheric Complementarity in the Normal Brain. Part IV: Language Disruption and Loss. E.M. Saffran, Evidence From Language Breakdown: Implications for the Neural and Functional Organization of Language. M.T. Banich, P.E. Scalf, Neurocognitive Bases of Developmental Reading Disorders. Part V: Two Languages, One Brain. M. Mack, The Phonetic Systems of Bilinguals. M. Paradis, Differential Use of Cerebral Mechanisms in Bilinguals.