The neural organization of language: evidence from sign language aphasia

Autor/a: HICKOK, Gregory; BELLUGI, Ursula; KLIMA, Edward S.
Año: 1998
Editorial: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2(4): 129-136.
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Aspectos psicológicos y cognitivos, Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje


To what extent is the neural organization of language dependent on factors specific to the modalities in which language is perceived and through which it is produced? That is, is the left-hemisphere dominance for language a function of a linguistic specialization or a function of some domain-general specialization(s), such as temporal processing or motor planning? Investigations of the neurobiology of signed language can help answer these questions. As with spoken languages, signed languages of the deaf display complex grammatical structure but are perceived and produced via radically different modalities. Thus, by mapping out the neurological similarities and differences between signed and spoken language, it is possible to identify modality-specific contributions to brain organization for language. Research to date has shown a significant degree of similarity in the neurobiology of signed and spoken languages, suggesting that the neural organization of language is largely modality-independent.