Greater leftward lateralization of the inferior frontal gyrus in second language learners with higher syntactic abilities.

@article{Nauchi2009GreaterLL,
  title={Greater leftward lateralization of the inferior frontal gyrus in second language learners with higher syntactic abilities.},
  author={Arihito Nauchi and Kuniyoshi L. Sakai},
  journal={Human brain mapping},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 11},
  pages={3625-35}
}
There is a great individual variability for acquiring syntactic knowledge in a second language (L2). Little is, however, known if there is any anatomical basis in the brain for individual differences in syntactic acquisition. Here we examined brain structures in 95 nonnative speakers of English, including 78 high-school students and 17 adult international students. We found a significant correlation between the performance of a syntactic task and leftward lateralization of a single region in… CONTINUE READING
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