Interview Compilations

How is language processed in the brain?
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Hemispheric differences in language processing Language is usually considered to be processed in the left hemisphere (at least for right-handed people). Left-handed people often show the same pattern, but sometimes language is less lateralized. However, if one looks at language processing in... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:07:01
How do syntax and semantics work together? Both syntax and semantics are central concepts in linguistics. In this part of the Interview, Dr. Friederici points out some of the ways in which syntax and semantics work together to improve our ability to process language. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:03:07
Investigating semantics Compared to investigating syntax, the study of linguistic semantics is quite difficult. One of the main issues is the distinction between semantics as a linguists understands it – and the view of semantics as common knowledge. For example, the... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:06:00
Language acquisition - why less is more According to Dr. Friederici, focusing on syntax and the grammatical rules of a language is more efficient than learning vocabulary. In this case, a simple set of a few nouns, verbs, and adjectives can help the learner to understand the syntactical... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:49
Linguistics is more than grammar Dr. Friederici talks about the different components of linguistics – consisting not only of grammar or syntax, but also includes all other aspects of language. Semantics and the combinatorics of words in a sentence, phonology, and prosody all make... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:21
Maturation of the linguistic brain Even though there are only few controlled studies of early infant’s brain function, the evidence seems to be conclusive that brain regions which are central for language processing in adults are also active in very young children. However, even in... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:43
Personal background Having studied classical linguistics and psychology early in her career, Dr. Friederici then turned to the brain sciences and patient studies to pursue her interests in the neural processing of the brain. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:04:04
Processes involved in reading Reading obviously differs from spoken speech processing. The reader faces the additional requirement of a grapheme to phoneme conversion. This can be done by slowly spelling out what a word might be based on individual letters or by recognizing an... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:55
Processing syntax and semantics in the left hemisphere The processing of language in the brain is quite complex. Most of the semantic and syntactic information is processed in the left hemisphere. Dr. Friederici addresses the straightforward question which brain areas are involved in this processing,... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:08:30
Research questions Dr. Friederici describes the research questions she is interested in. The neural processing of language is central to her research, and modern technologies have opened the door to answering age-old questions that have been out of reach to earlier... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:47