LIBC hotspot Language
The LIBC hotspot Language covers all areas of human (neuro-)cognition that are related to language processing. Language is part of human behavior and probably one of the most complex cognitive skills. Serious research into the relation between the human brain and language processing started about two centuries ago. Neurologists such as Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke were among the first to demonstrate a direct link between brain structure and language processing. Neuropsychology of language still forms an important role to inform us about the relation between cortical structures and linguistic functions. New methodological developments, such as electrophysiology and brain imaging, have provided possibilities for experimental investigation of language processing. Together with behavioral research, the results of brain imaging research has led to better understanding of the neurocognitive basis of language processing.
Within the LIBC hotspot Language, a group of researchers is working on a better understanding of language functions and their neural basis. The research being carried out ranges from language acquisition, auditory processing of speech, reading aloud, speech production to multilingualism and it includes clinical aspects as well (hearing impairment, stuttering, aphasia, etc.). An overview of the current projects, the labs and the people involved, can be found on this website.