Brain imaging studies of language production
Brain imaging studies of language production. In G. Gaskell (Ed.
), Oxford handbook of psycholinguistics
(pp. 547-564). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Neurocognitive studies of language production have provided sufficient evidence on both the spatial and the
temporal patterns of brain activation to allow tentative and in some cases not so tentative conclusions about
function-structure relationships. This chapter reports meta-analysis results that identify reliable activation
areas for a range of word, sentence, and narrative production tasks both in the native language and a
second language. Based on a theoretically motivated analysis of language production tasks it is possible to
specify relationships between brain areas and functional processing components of language production that
could not have been derived from the data provided by any single task.