This book assembles a collection of papers in two different domains: formal syntax and neurolinguistics. Here Moro provides evidence that the two fields are becoming more and more interconnected and that the new fascinating empirical questions and results in the latter field cannot be obtained without the theoretical base provided by the former.

The book is organized in two parts: Part 1 focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in a comparative perspective (including the nature of syntactic movement, the theory of locality and a far reaching and influential theory of copular sentences). Part 2 provides the original sources of some innovative and pioneering experiments based on neuroimaging techniques (focusing on the biological nature of recursion and the interpretation of negative sentences).

Moro concludes with an assessment of the impact of these perspectives on the theory of the evolution of language. The leading and pervasive idea unifying all the arguments developed here is the role of symmetry (breaking) in syntax and in the relationship between language and the human brain.

chapter |13 pages


ByMoro Andrea

part 1|227 pages

Symmetry (Breaking) in Syntax

part 1|185 pages

Inversion and Clause Structure

part 1|109 pages

Copular Syntax

chapter 1 1|23 pages

Toward a Unified Theory of Copular Sentences

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 1 2|14 pages

Elements of Copular Syntax

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 1 3|22 pages

Copular Sentences

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 1 4|26 pages

Existential Sentences and Expletive There

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 1 5|23 pages

A Short History of Be

ByMoro Andrea

part 2|75 pages

Symmetry, Movement and Locality in Syntax

chapter 6|21 pages

Heads as Antecedents

A Brief History of the ECP(*)
ByMoro Andrea

chapter 7|23 pages

Dynamic Antisymmetry

Movement as a Symmetry-Breaking Phenomenon1
ByMoro Andrea

chapter 8|28 pages

Linear Compression as a Trigger for Movement1

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 9|2 pages

Rethinking Symmetry

A Note on Labeling and the EPP
ByMoro Andrea

part 2|39 pages

Clause Structure Folding and Other Left Periphery Issues

chapter 10|24 pages

Clause Structure Folding and the “Wh-in-Situ Effect”

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 11|13 pages

Notes on Vocative Case

A Case Study in Clause Structure(*)
ByMoro Andrea

part 2|154 pages

The Boundaries of Babel: How the Brain Shapes Grammars

part 3|35 pages

Syntax in the Brain

chapter 12|15 pages

Syntax and the Brain

Disentangling Grammar by Selective Anomalies
ByA. Moro, M. Tettamanti, D. Perani, C. Donati, S. F. Cappa, F. Fazio*

chapter 13|18 pages

The Neural Cost of the Auditory Perception of Language Switches

An Event-Related Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study in Bilinguals
ByJubin Abutalebi, Simona M. Brambati, Jean-Marie Annoni, Andrea Moro, Stefano F. Cappa, Daniela Perani

part 4|61 pages

Impossible Languages

chapter 14|18 pages

Neural Correlates for the Acquisition of Natural Language Syntax

ByMarco Tettamanti, Hatem Alkadhi, Andrea Moro, Daniela Perani, Spyros Kollias, Dorothea Weniger*

chapter 15|16 pages

Broca's Area and the Language Instinct

ByMariacristina Musso, Andrea Moro, Volkmar Glauche, Michel Rijntjes, Jürgen Reichenbach, Christian Büchel, Cornelius Weiller

chapter 16|25 pages

Syntax without Language

Neurobiological Evidence for Cross-Domain Syntactic Computations
ByMarco Tettamanti, Irene Rotondi, Daniela Perani, Giuseppe Scotti, Ferruccio Fazio, Stefano F. Cappa, Andrea Moro

part 5|54 pages

How Much World Is There in the Language?

chapter 17|22 pages

Negation in the Brain

Modulating Action Representations
ByMarco Tettamanti, Rosa Manenti, Pasquale A. Della Rosa, Andrea Falini, Daniela Perani, Stefano F. Cappa, Andrea Moro

chapter 18|24 pages

Can Syntax Appear in a Mirror (System)?*

ByMarco Tettamanti, Andrea Moro

chapter 19|2 pages

“Kataptation” or the QWERTY Effect in Language Evolution

ByMoro Andrea

chapter 20|4 pages

A Closer Look at the Turtle's Eyes

ByMoro Andrea