Implications of Travelling Weakly Coupled Oscillators for the Cortical Language Circuit
Elliot Murphy
June 2019

The search for the neural code across a range of cognitive domains has seen a marked transition from the analysis of individual spike timings to larger patterns of synchronisation. It is argued that the study of language should readily embrace these systems-level developments. In particular, recent findings concerning the scope of possible oscillatory synchronisation in the human brain have revealed the existence of travelling/migrating oscillations, adding further impetus to reject the typical stasis found in cartographic neurolinguistics models. After exploring empirically-motivated revisions to the neural code for hierarchical phrase structure, it is discussed how this code could provide a new perspective on language disorders.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003850
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Published in: The Talking Species: Perspectives on the Evolutionary, Neuronal and Cultural Foundations of Language
keywords: neural oscillations, weakly coupled oscillators, delta, gamma, language deficits, syntax
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