Neurolinguistics and interpreting

Barbara Ahrens
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
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Ever since the identification of the brain areas responsible for speech processing, research has focused on the neurocognitive processes underlying listening/comprehension and speech production in order to understand how human cognition and speech processing work (see Cognitive approaches).

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Further reading

Fabbro, F
1999The neurolinguistics of bilingualism: An introduction. Hove: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
Krick, C., Behrent, S., Reith, W. & Franceschini, R
2005“Das gläserne Hirn des Dolmetschers. Vorläufige Forschungsergebnisse über Code-Switching bei mehrsprachigen Personen.” MDÜ – Mitteilungen für Übersetzer und Dolmetscher 51 (6): 6–9.Google Scholar
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