Neurolinguistics: A Chinese Perspective

  • Daisy L. Hung
  • Ovid T.-L. Tzeng
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 36)


One of the most important intellectual developments of the past few decades has been the birth of an exciting new interdisciplinary field called cognitive neuroscience. Researchers in psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and neuroscience have all come to realize that they have been asking many of the same questions regarding the nature of the human mind and that they had developed complementary and potentially synergistic methods of enquiry (Stillings, Feinstein, Garfield, Rissland, Rosenbaum, Weisler, and Baker-Ward, 1987). Convincing evidence has also quickly accumulated to suggest that it is possible to study properties of neural pathways by performing cognitive experiments on patients with specific brain lesions. This is especially true for studies of language breakdown in aphasic patients and in dyslexic children, as witnessed by great advances in our understanding of the relationship between cerebral organizations and various language functions (Bates, 1991; Galaburda, 1990; Gardner, 1987). In this respect, recent years have also witnessed important advances in Chinese neurolinguistics, in which results of experimental as well as clinical observations have challenged traditional conceptualization of linguistic deficit associated with aphasic patients. In this chapter, our review will focus on these developments from the perspective of a cross-linguistic comparison.


Lexical Decision Task Speech Production Function Word Sentence Comprehension Aphasic Patient 
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