About this Research Topic
However, the research landscape has changed substantially in the last several years with new methodologies and theoretical perspectives, and there is little consensus on the neurobiological foundations of syntax or the role of linguistic theory in guiding research. The goal of this Research Topic is to reassess our understanding of syntax and the brain in light of these developments. Specifically, it is designed to address the following set of major questions:
1. What is the spatiotemporal architecture of syntax in the brain? Specifically, which brain regions support syntax, what are the temporal dynamics and oscillatory properties of syntactic processing, and is syntactic processing separable from lexical and semantic processing?
2. What is the nature of syntactic deficits in aphasia? Specifically, what kinds of syntactic production and comprehension deficits exist in aphasia, what are the lesion correlates of these deficits, and do we have the right measures to assess syntax?
3. What is the role and impact of linguistic theory on the study of syntax and the brain? Specifically, can theoretical syntax effectively guide neuroscience research, what linking theories are necessary to facilitate this, and is it better to focus on alternative approaches?
We invite submissions on syntax broadly construed (including e.g. morphosyntax, compositionality), bearing on the questions detailed above. We welcome contributions that address these topics in healthy and brain-damaged individuals, acquisition/development, and monolingual and multilingual individuals. All manner of theoretical perspectives are welcome, including generative grammar, usage-based approaches, and machine learning. This includes original research using neuroimaging and neurophysiological methods with in any population, or behavioral measures in neurologically impaired populations, reviews, hypothesis and theory articles, articles on advances in methodology, and commentaries.
Keywords: syntax, hierarchical structure, morphosyntax, compositionality, sentence processing, brain, neuroimaging, fMRI, EEG, MEG, ECoG, aphasia, lesion-symptom mapping
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