Cortical Tracking of Hierarchical Linguistic Structures in Connected Speech

  title={Cortical Tracking of Hierarchical Linguistic Structures in Connected Speech},
  author={Nai Ding and Lucia Melloni and Hang Zhang and Xing Tian and David Poeppel},
  booktitle={Nature Neuroscience},
The most critical attribute of human language is its unbounded combinatorial nature: smaller elements can be combined into larger structures on the basis of a grammatical system, resulting in a hierarchy of linguistic units, such as words, phrases and sentences. Mentally parsing and representing such structures, however, poses challenges for speech comprehension. In speech, hierarchical linguistic structures do not have boundaries that are clearly defined by acoustic cues and must therefore be… CONTINUE READING
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