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Is there any neurological/biological evidence of Merge?

To my understanding, there are some linguists that would claim Merge is a cognitive mechanism which came about suddenly at some point in our evolutionary history. Is there any neurological evidence to ...
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Can Wernicke's aphasia lead to grammar deterioration?

Speech often (always?) deteriorates for people with post-lingual deafness. This presumably occurs because of insufficient auditory feedback. Given that people with Wernicke's aphasia cannot ...
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What can dialectology contribute to psycho- or neurolinguistics - or the other way around?

Dialectology is the study of geographical varieties of a language. The study of (for example) older dialects of English (such as the dialect spoken in the Northeast of England around Newcastle) and ...
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Is audio-processing (auditory) brain cortex activated when human is reading non-phonetic alphabets?

Excuse my virginity in linguistics, but it seems to me that phonetic alphabets are "only" protocols for audio compression into visual input/output media, optimized for human throat sounds. I suppose ...
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Is it possible to become a native speaker of another language for someone that already has a mother tongue?

Are there any studies/researches on fields like neurolinguistics(or any other fields) to allow people (can be via drugs, psycho training..whatever) to become a native speaker of another language? Is ...
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How does alcohol affect the ability to speak a second language?

From my own experience, drinking alcohol has both positive and negative effects to the ability of speaking a second language. On the one hand, it facilitates the process, mainly because one gets more ...