Linguistics Colloquium: Maya Yablonski
Maya Yablonski, Bar Ilan University
Title: Neural Pathways for Morphological Processing
One of the most remarkable aspects of language is the ability to create new words and integrate them into the existing vocabulary. Novel words can be easily created and understood by applying a set of combinatorial operations to existing components, called morphemes. The processes through which morphemes integrate, interact and disassemble have been the focus of the study of morphological processing. Although a growing body of research has focused on the functional brain regions involved in morphological processing, the structural neural pathways underlying these abilities remain largely unknown. In this talk, I will present a series of studies investigating the neural bases of morphological processing from a cross linguistic perspective, comparing data from English and Hebrew readers. Combining behavioral methods and diffusion MRI, a non-invasive structural imaging technique, I aim to characterize the white matter pathways involved in morphological processing and analyze the relation between their microstructural properties and morphological skills in typical adults. We compare data from Hebrew and English skilled readers in order to evaluate the differences and similarities in the neural systems underlying morphological processing across languages with different morphological systems.
Place: Building 403 room 2
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