Brain-imaging studies of language production

Peter Indefrey

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780198568971
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
Brain-imaging studies of language production

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This article adopts the production model of Levelt to discuss brain imaging studies of continuous speech. Conclusions about the involvement of brain regions in processes of language production are mainly drawn on the basis of the presence or absence of processing components of speaking in certain experimental tasks. Such conclusions are largely theory independent, because differences between current models do not concern the assumed processing levels but the exact nature of the information flow between them. In a second step, the article tests some of these conclusions by comparing the few available data on activation time courses of brain regions and independent evidence on the timing of processes in language production. It also discusses brain regions involved in word production, conceptually driven lexical selection, phonological code (word form) retrieval, phonological encoding, phonetic encoding and articulation, self-monitoring, whether the hemodynamic core areas are necessary for word production, and bilingual language production.

Keywords: brain imaging; continuous speech; brain regions; language production; word production; lexical selection; phonological encoding; phonetic encoding; articulation; bilingual language

Article.  11483 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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