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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (8) : 1147-1157     DOI:
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Left Inferior Frontal Gyrus and Semantic Unification in Sentence Comprehension
ZHU Zu-De;WANG Sui-Ping;FENG Gang-Yi;LIU Ying
Center for the Study of Applied Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
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Abstract  Semantic unification, the process that combines word-level semantics into an overall meaning representation of an utterance, is a crucial aspect of language comprehension. Although many brain imaging studies using fMRI and MEG techniques have associated left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) and posterior temporal regions with semantic unification, there are also contradictory findings and alternative explanations attributing the observed LIFG activation to other processes such as controlled semantic retrieval and general selection. Based on review of the present empirical evidence and theoretical arguments, future directions are suggested to reveal the mechanism of semantic unification and its underlying neural substrates.
Keywords sentence comprehension      semantic unification      left inferior frontal gyrus     
Corresponding Authors: WANG Sui-Ping   
Issue Date: 15 August 2011
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ZHU Zu-De,WANG Sui-Ping,FENG Gang-Yi, et al. Left Inferior Frontal Gyrus and Semantic Unification in Sentence Comprehension[J]. , 2011, 19(8): 1147-1157.
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