The ‘global language network’ has been identified in the brain

Japanese, Italian, Ukrainian, Swahili, Tagalog, and dozens of other spoken languages ​​cause the Global Language Network to project itself into the brains of native speakers. This hub of language processing has been studied extensively in English speakers, but now neuroscientists have confirmed that exactly the same network is activated in speakers of 45 different languages ​​representing 12 distinct language families.

“This study is very basic, with some of the findings extending from English to a wide range of languages,” said senior author Evelina Fedorenko, associate professor of neuroscience at MIT and a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. statement (Opens in a new tab).

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