The neurobiology of language beyond single-word processing

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 55-58
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax0289


In this Review, I propose a multiple-network view for the neurobiological basis of distinctly human language skills. A much more complex picture of interacting brain areas emerges than in the classical neurobiological model of language. This is because using language is more than single-word processing, and much goes on beyond the information given in the acoustic or orthographic tokens that enter primary sensory cortices. This requires the involvement of multiple networks with functionally nonoverlapping contributions.

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