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From the Publisher"The book is informative [and] ambitious."
Andrew Kertesz, The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Linguistics, neurocognition, and phenomenological psychology are fundamentally different fields of research. Helmut Schnelle provides an interdisciplinary understanding of a new integrated field in which linguists can be competent in neurocognition and neuroscientists in structure linguistics. Consequently the first part of the book is a systematic introduction to the function of the form and meaning-organising brain component - with the essential core elements being perceptions, actions, attention, emotion and feeling. Their descriptions provide foundations for experiences based on semantics and pragmatics. The second part is addressed to non-linguists and presents the structural foundations of currently established linguistic frameworks. This book should be serious reading for anyone interested in a comprehensive understanding of language, in which evolution, functional organisation and hierarchies are explained by reference to brain architecture and dynamics.
Part I Functional Neuroscience of Language Organization in the Brain
Chapter 1 The brain in functional perspective 3
Chapter 2 Organizations in complex organisms 32
Chapter 3 Neural perspectives of semantics: examples of seeing, acting, memorizing, meaningful understanding, feeling and thought 55
Chapter 4 Combination and integration of intelligent thought and feeling 79
Part II Introducing Linguistics to Neuroscientists
Chapter 5 Introducing formal grammar 113
Chapter 6 Grammar as life 132
Chapter 7 Integrating language organization in mind and brain: the world of thinking and knowing, liking or hating other mind/brain/bodies 154
Chapter 8 Dynamic language organization in stages of complexity 181
Author index 219
Subject index 221