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The investigation of simultaneous interpreters as an alternative approach to address the signature of multilingual speech processing


Elmer, Stefan (2012). The investigation of simultaneous interpreters as an alternative approach to address the signature of multilingual speech processing. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 23(2):105-116.

Abstract

In the field of cognitive neuroscience, understanding the functional, temporal, and anatomical characteristics of multilingual speech processing has previously been a topic of intense investigations. In this article, I will attempt to describe how the investigation of simultaneous interpreters can be used as a fruitful and alternative approach for better comprehending the neuronal signature of multilingual speech processing, foreign language acquisition, as well as the functional and structural adaptivity of the human brain in general.
Thereby, I will primarily focus on the commonalities underlying different degrees of speech competence rather than on the differences. In this context, particular emphasis will be placed on the contribution of extra-linguistic brain functions which are necessary for accommodating cognitive and motor control mechanisms in the multilingual brain. Certainly, the framework outlined in this article will not replace the meanwhile established psycholinguistic or neuroscientific models of speech processing, but only attempts to provide a novel
and alternative perspective.

Abstract

In the field of cognitive neuroscience, understanding the functional, temporal, and anatomical characteristics of multilingual speech processing has previously been a topic of intense investigations. In this article, I will attempt to describe how the investigation of simultaneous interpreters can be used as a fruitful and alternative approach for better comprehending the neuronal signature of multilingual speech processing, foreign language acquisition, as well as the functional and structural adaptivity of the human brain in general.
Thereby, I will primarily focus on the commonalities underlying different degrees of speech competence rather than on the differences. In this context, particular emphasis will be placed on the contribution of extra-linguistic brain functions which are necessary for accommodating cognitive and motor control mechanisms in the multilingual brain. Certainly, the framework outlined in this article will not replace the meanwhile established psycholinguistic or neuroscientific models of speech processing, but only attempts to provide a novel
and alternative perspective.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:German
Date:2012
Deposited On:17 Dec 2012 08:50
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 17:37
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1016-264X
Additional Information:Diese Artikelfassung entspricht nicht vollständig dem in der Zeitschrift veröffentlichten Artikel. Dies ist nicht die Originalversion des Artikels und kann daher nicht zur Zitierung herangezogen werden
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1016-264X/a000068

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