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Article: An fMRI study of grammatical morpheme processing associated with nouns and verbs in Chinese

TitleAn fMRI study of grammatical morpheme processing associated with nouns and verbs in Chinese
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.action
Citation
PLoS One, 2013, v. 8 n. 10, article no. e74952 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined whether the degree of complexity of a grammatical component in a language would impact on its representation in the brain through identifying the neural correlates of grammatical morpheme processing associated with nouns and verbs in Chinese. In particular, the processing of Chinese nominal classifiers and verbal aspect markers were investigated in a sentence completion task and a grammaticality judgment task to look for converging evidence. The Chinese language constitutes a special case because it has no inflectional morphology per se and a larger classifier than aspect marker inventory, contrary to the pattern of greater verbal than nominal paradigmatic complexity in most European languages. The functional imaging results showed BA47 and left supplementary motor area and superior medial frontal gyrus more strongly activated for classifier processing, and the left posterior middle temporal gyrus more responsive to aspect marker processing. We attributed the activation in the left prefrontal cortex to greater processing complexity during classifier selection, analogous to the accounts put forth for European languages, and the left posterior middle temporal gyrus to more demanding verb semantic processing. The overall findings significantly contribute to cross-linguistic observations of neural substrates underlying processing of grammatical morphemes from an analytic and a classifier language, and thereby deepen our understanding of neurobiology of human language.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200906
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dc.contributor.authorYu, Xen_US
dc.contributor.authorBi, Yen_US
dc.contributor.authorHan, Zen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaw, SPen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:06:45Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:06:45Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationPLoS One, 2013, v. 8 n. 10, article no. e74952en_US
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200906-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined whether the degree of complexity of a grammatical component in a language would impact on its representation in the brain through identifying the neural correlates of grammatical morpheme processing associated with nouns and verbs in Chinese. In particular, the processing of Chinese nominal classifiers and verbal aspect markers were investigated in a sentence completion task and a grammaticality judgment task to look for converging evidence. The Chinese language constitutes a special case because it has no inflectional morphology per se and a larger classifier than aspect marker inventory, contrary to the pattern of greater verbal than nominal paradigmatic complexity in most European languages. The functional imaging results showed BA47 and left supplementary motor area and superior medial frontal gyrus more strongly activated for classifier processing, and the left posterior middle temporal gyrus more responsive to aspect marker processing. We attributed the activation in the left prefrontal cortex to greater processing complexity during classifier selection, analogous to the accounts put forth for European languages, and the left posterior middle temporal gyrus to more demanding verb semantic processing. The overall findings significantly contribute to cross-linguistic observations of neural substrates underlying processing of grammatical morphemes from an analytic and a classifier language, and thereby deepen our understanding of neurobiology of human language.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.actionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPLoS Oneen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshMotor Cortex - physiology-
dc.subject.meshPhonetics-
dc.subject.meshPrefrontal Cortex - physiology-
dc.subject.meshSemantics-
dc.subject.meshTemporal Lobe - physiology-
dc.titleAn fMRI study of grammatical morpheme processing associated with nouns and verbs in Chineseen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLaw, SP: splaw@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLaw, SP=rp00920en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0074952en_US
dc.identifier.pmid24146745-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3795710-
dc.identifier.hkuros233627en_US
dc.identifier.volume8en_US
dc.identifier.issue10-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000325819400004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US

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