Please get to the point! A cortical correlate of linguistic informativeness.

Andrea Marini, Cosimo Urgesi

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Abstract

The production of informative messages is an effortful endeavor that relies on the interaction between microlinguistic (i.e., lexical and grammatical) and macrolinguistic (i.e., pragmatic and discourse) levels of processing. Although the neural correlates of microlinguistic processing have been extensively studied, investigation of the ability to organize the macrolinguistic aspects of message production is scanty. In this article, we show that repetitive TMS of the dorsal portion of the anterior left, but not right, inferior frontal gyrus reduces the levels of lexical informativeness and global coherence of narratives produced by healthy individuals. Interestingly, levels of productivity and microlinguistic processing were unaffected by the stimulation. These results suggest that the dorsal aspect of the anterior left inferior frontal gyrus is an epicenter of a wider neural network subserving the selection of contextually appropriate semantic representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2211-2222
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume24
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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Linguistics
Prefrontal Cortex
linguistics
Semantics
neural network
pragmatics
productivity
semantics
narrative
discourse
ability
interaction
Informativeness
coherence
Left Inferior Frontal Gyrus
Inferior Frontal Gyrus
Interaction
Neural Networks
Message Production
Semantic Representation

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Please get to the point! A cortical correlate of linguistic informativeness. / Marini, Andrea; Urgesi, Cosimo.

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Marini, Andrea ; Urgesi, Cosimo. / Please get to the point! A cortical correlate of linguistic informativeness. In: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 11. pp. 2211-2222.
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