Semantic or lexico-syntactic factors: what determines word-class specific activity in the human brain?

@article{Pulvermller1999SemanticOL,
  title={Semantic or lexico-syntactic factors: what determines word-class specific activity in the human brain?},
  author={Friedemann Pulverm{\"u}ller and Bettina Mohr and Hubert Schleichert},
  journal={Neuroscience letters},
  year={1999},
  volume={275 2},
  pages={81-4}
}
Words from different classes have been found to activate different brain areas. However, it is unclear whether grammatical word properties, for example their being part of different lexical categories (e.g. nouns vs. verbs) or semantic features of the words (e.g. that they refer to visually perceived entities or to actions) are relevant for eliciting differential brain responses. We tested this by comparing brain potentials elicited by nouns and verbs that varied in their action and visual… CONTINUE READING

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