Language Disturbances in Adulthood: New Advances from the Neurolinguistics Perspective


Marcia Radanovic , Leticia Lessa Mansur

DOI: 10.2174/97816080510831110101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-108-3, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60805-681-1

Indexed in: Scopus, EBSCO.

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Language Alterations due to Right Hemisphere Lesions

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Leticia Lessa Mansur


<p>The role of right hemisphere (RH) in language and communication has been a subject of debate over the last decades. Studies derived from RH lesions and functional neuroimaging in the past years have, nevertheless, shed some light on the multiple roles of the RH in linguistic processing and several aspects of communication in a broader sense. It is now recognized that the RH plays an important role in decoding “non-literal” language, such as emotional prosody, metaphors and figurative language interpretation. However, the RH also plays an important role in discourse elaboration (macrostructure) and pragmatics, as well as in “grasping” the implicit meaning in cases of irony, motivations, and emotional states that are often embedded in daily communication.</p>

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