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    LPP seminar: Christophe Pallier, Unité INSERM-CEA de Neuroimagerie Cognitive, Centre Neurospin, Gif-sur-Yvette

    11hSalle de réunion du LPP, H432, 4ème étage, Centre Biomédical des Saints Pères 45 rue des Sts Pères, 75006 Paris
    LPP seminar
    In search of syntactic representations in the brain.
    How are sentences represented in the brain? In particular, do the
    syntactic structures proposed by many linguistics analyses correspond
    to actual, neurally encoded, data structures during sentence
    comprehension? In the first part of the talk, I will present our
    attempts to address this question through a series of functional
    magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments relying on a variety of
    experimental paradigms (syntactic priming, manipulation of syntactic
    coherence, sentence verification, ...). I will also describe some
    incursions made in the domains of Music and Mathematics where objects
    (e.g. melodies on the one hand, arithmetic formulas or number names on
    the other hand) arguably possess some syntactic structure. The results
    of experiments manipulating syntactic coherence with these types of
    stimuli reveal some interesting similarities and discrepancy with
    natural language.