Motor and Nonmotor Language Representations in the Brain

Nira Mashal, Michael Andric, Steven Small

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In this chapter, we discuss the motor regions of the cerebral cortex and their
participation in a number of functions related to human language, i.e., producing
and perceiving speech and language and representing the meaning of words and
sentences. We fi rst elaborate on motor system involvement in articulate speech,
continue to characterize its involvement in manual gesture, and, lastly, discuss its
more general role in interpreting a message ’ s content.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781444330403
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2012


  • "mirror neurons"
  • Action language
  • Arrangement of movements
  • Gesture perception
  • Motor and nonmotor language, in brain
  • Motor system, in language comprehension
  • Motor system, understanding of action words
  • Neural systems, speech perception
  • Speech perception
  • Typical face-to-face conversation


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