The Focusing Hypothesis

The Focusing Hypothesis

The Theory of Left Hemisphere Lateralised Language Re-examined

eBook - 1992
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Argues that if routine language processing took place, not in the left hemisphere of the brain, as has become conventional wisdom, but in the right, we would not notice the difference. In dense but not specialized language, outlines the proposition that the selection of a language-processing strategy is determined by the focus of the person's attention. Draws on the standard literature in neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

John Benjamin Pub Co
This book explores the nature of the control of language processing by the hemispheres of the neocortex. The author expounds a novel hypothesis, “The Focusing Hypothesis”, which holds that language processing in the brain is achieved through analytic and holistic systems, the former through left and the latter through right hemisphere processing. This hypothesis differs from current thinking in so far as it proposes that the involvement of the two systems (and two hemispheres) depends on the strategy selected by the speaker and that the engagement by one hemisphere over another will depend upon the communicative intent of the speaker and the propositionality of the utterance under production.Throughout the book there are useful and important discussions on such topics as the value of laboratory-based psycholinguistic experiments — given their tendency to encourage a “metalinguistic” strategy on the part of subjects, the nature of propositionality in language and brain and the difficulties of testing this hypothesis given the research approaches currently available.The Focusing Hypothesis is tested by comprehensive review of the existing experimental psycholinguistic, neuropsychological and neurophysiological literature, and a range of predictions which follow from the hypothesis are detailed.

Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 1992
ISBN: 9789027277206
9027277206
9789027243331
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 207 pages) : illustrations

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