Pathways of the Brain

The neurocognitive basis of language

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The brain is the organ of knowledge and organizer of our abilities, our means of recognizing a face in a crowd, of conversing about anything we experience or imagine, of forming thoughts and developing ideas, of instantly understanding words coming rapidly in conversation. How does it manage all this? Does it represent information in symbols or in the connectivity of a vast network?

Pathways of the Brain builds a theory to answer such questions. Using a top-down modeling strategy, it charts relationships among words and other products of the brain’s linguistic system to reveal properties of that system. Going beyond earlier linguistics, it sets three plausibility requirements for a valid neurocognitive theory: operational, developmental, and neurological: It must show how the linguistic system can operate for speaking and understanding, how it can be learned by children, and how it is implemented in neural structures. Unlike theories that leave linguistics isolated from science, it builds a bridge to biology.

Of interest to anthropologists, linguists, neurologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, and any thoughtful person interested in language or the brain.

The author is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 170]  1999.  xii, 418 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
Preface
xi
Chapter 1. The Window of the Mind
1
Chapter 2. Evidence of the First Two Kinds
16
Chapter 3. The Stratification of Language
34
Chapter 4. A Network of Relationships
50
Chapter 5. Components of Relational Networks
66
Chapter 6. Syntax
84
Chapter 7. Building Models
103
Chapter 8. Interacting Subsystems
121
Chapter 9. Meaning
141
Chapter 10. Building Connections
162
Chapter 11. Traveling the Pathways
180
Chapter 12. The Ever-Changing Network
204
Chapter 13. Sources of Linguistic Patterning
227
Chapter 14. Sequence Management
248
Chapter 15. Linguistic Illusions
273
Chapter 16. Introducing the Brain
293
Chapter 17. Neurons and Nexions
320
Chapter 18. The Anatomy of Language
344
Epilog
370
Appendix
375
Notes
381
References
389
Index
399
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