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ERIC Number: EJ1142821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
MEG Evidence for Incremental Sentence Composition in the Anterior Temporal Lobe
Brennan, Jonathan R.; Pylkkänen, Liina
Cognitive Science, v41 suppl 6 p1515-1531 May 2017
Research investigating the brain basis of language comprehension has associated the left anterior temporal lobe (ATL) with sentence-level combinatorics. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), we test the parsing strategy implemented in this brain region. The number of incremental parse steps from a predictive left-corner parsing strategy that is supported by psycholinguistic research is compared with those from a less-predictive strategy. We test for a correlation between parse steps and source-localized MEG activity recorded while participants read a story. Left-corner parse steps correlated with activity in the left ATL around 350-500 ms after word onset. No other correlations specific to sentence comprehension were observed. These data indicate that the left ATL engages in combinatoric processing that is well characterized by a predictive left-corner parsing strategy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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