Speech and Language

Speech and Language




Human language is closely linked to thought, influencing how we understand and represent the world. Some argue that human language is a critical advancement that has enabled the progress of civilization. Scientists are gradually learning how the brain processes language. Many regions of the brain work in cooperation to comprehend language and to form speech. Damage to any of the brain's language centers may cause deficits in language comprehension or speech formation, ranging in severity depending on the location and extent of damage. As language research continues, scientists will have a better understanding of how language develops and how language affects human thought and behavior. Eventually scientists will develop new treatments for disorders affecting language processing. This book looks at these topics and much more-providing a thorough understanding of the brain's role in speech and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791089521
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Gray Matter Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Language: A Uniquely Human Tool     1
Language Development     3
The Nature Versus Nurture Debate of Language     14
Language Centers of the Human Brain     26
Subcortical Regions Involved in Speech Production     40
Sign Language and Second Languages     49
Language and Thought     61
Speech Disorders     69
Speech and Language Impairments Resulting from Brain Damage     80
Disorders with a Speech/Language Component     91
Notes     105
Glossary     107
Bibliography     112
Further Reading     116
Index     118

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