The role of the auditory brainstem in processing linguistically-relevant pitch patterns.

@article{Krishnan2009TheRO,
  title={The role of the auditory brainstem in processing linguistically-relevant pitch patterns.},
  author={Ananthanarayan Krishnan and Jackson T. Gandour},
  journal={Brain and language},
  year={2009},
  volume={110 3},
  pages={135-48}
}
Historically, the brainstem has been neglected as a part of the brain involved in language processing. We review recent evidence of language-dependent effects in pitch processing based on comparisons of native vs. nonnative speakers of a tonal language from electrophysiological recordings in the auditory brainstem. We argue that there is enhancing of linguistically-relevant pitch dimensions or features well before the auditory signal reaches the cerebral cortex. We propose that long-term… CONTINUE READING

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