Language and the brain: Computational and neuroimaging evidence from Chinese

Ping Li, Hua Shu

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Within only a few decades, the field of cognitive science has progressed from the mind-as-a-computer metaphor to the integration of mind, brain, behaviour, and culture at multiple levels of analysis and with multiple, convergent tools and methodologies. In particular, the interface between cognitive science and neuroscience has provided fertile ground for transformative research and revolutionary thinking, yielding perspectives that allow for fundamental scientific discoveries and rapid paradigm shifts. This article explores that the study of language, a unique human capacity, has played an important role in this scientific movement. A large body of knowledge has accumulated on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying language representation and language acquisition. This article focuses on the computational mechanisms and neural signatures based on the recent cross-linguistic computational and neural studies which examine the acquisition, representation, and processing of spoken and written Chinese in the context of both native speakers and second-language learners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743542
ISBN (Print)9780199541850
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive science
  • Computational mechanisms
  • Indo-European languages
  • Neural signatures
  • Second-language learner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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