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How is language processed in the brain?
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Linguistics is more than grammar Dr. Friederici talks about the different components of linguistics – consisting not only of grammar or syntax, but also includes all other aspects of language. Semantics and the combinatorics of words in a sentence, phonology, and prosody all make... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:21
Maturation of the linguistic brain Even though there are only few controlled studies of early infant’s brain function, the evidence seems to be conclusive that brain regions which are central for language processing in adults are also active in very young children. However, even in... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:43
Personal background Having studied classical linguistics and psychology early in her career, Dr. Friederici then turned to the brain sciences and patient studies to pursue her interests in the neural processing of the brain. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:04:04
Processes involved in reading Reading obviously differs from spoken speech processing. The reader faces the additional requirement of a grapheme to phoneme conversion. This can be done by slowly spelling out what a word might be based on individual letters or by recognizing an... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:55
Research questions Dr. Friederici describes the research questions she is interested in. The neural processing of language is central to her research, and modern technologies have opened the door to answering age-old questions that have been out of reach to earlier... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:47
Studying bilingualism If a person speaks more than one language he or she is considered bilingual. The obvious question often asked is whether the brain areas involved in one language are identical to the brain areas involved in the other language. In general, fluent... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:12
The integration of prosodic and syntactic information between the hemispheres Prosody is normally processed in the right hemisphere, whereas syntax is normally processed in the left hemisphere. To integrate prosody and syntax we have to allow information to pass between the two – which means that information must travel... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:28
Three types of prosodic information Prosody describes the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech. This often coincides with important syntactic boundaries. However, it also carries additional information about emotions of a speaker or the use of satire. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:04:10
Working memory and language processing An understanding of a spoken sentence requires that the listener keeps many grammatical structures and words of the spoken sentence in memory. This clearly puts a load on working memory – the ability to retain information over time. In this part... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:09:43

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