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Title: Processing of visually presented sentences in Mandarin and English studied with fMRI
Authors: Chee, M.W.L.
Caplan, D.
Soon, C.S.
Sriram, N. 
Tan, E.W.L.
Thiel, T.
Weekes, B.
Issue Date: May-1999
Citation: Chee, M.W.L., Caplan, D., Soon, C.S., Sriram, N., Tan, E.W.L., Thiel, T., Weekes, B. (1999-05). Processing of visually presented sentences in Mandarin and English studied with fMRI. Neuron 23 (1) : 127-137. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Comprehension of visually presented sentences in fluent bilinguals was studied with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using a set of conceptually similar sentences in two orthographically and phonologically distinct languages, Mandarin and English. Responses were monitored during scanning. Sentence comprehension in each language was compared to fixation in nine subjects and Tamil-like pseudo-word strings in five subjects. Spatially congruent activations in the prefrontal, temporal, and superior parietal regions and in the anterior supplementary motor area were observed for both languages and in both experiments at the individual and group levels of analysis. Proficient bilinguals exposed to both languages early in life utilize common neuroanatomical regions during the conceptual and syntactic processing of written language irrespective of their differences in surface features.
Source Title: Neuron
ISSN: 08966273
DOI: 10.1016/S0896-6273(00)80759-X
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