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date: 06 August 2020

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This chapter provides an historic overview of language, mind, and brain. After brief remarks on the mind and the body, the links between language and the mind, and language and the brain are considered. Although there has long been an interest in language and mind, the systematic scientific investigation of the relation between them began only with the establishment of psychology laboratories, and the sub-discipline psycholinguistics, in the 1870s, with its three main sub-branches: acquisition, comprehension, and production. Modern interest in language and the brain begins with Gall, and blossomed in the nineteenth century with the study of aphasic patients. In the last fifty years, new behavioral and neuroscientific techniques provide new ways of addressing questions about language and brain. In a parallel development – embodied cognition – interest has broadened from the brain to the (rest of the) body, and its role in language use.

Keywords: psycholinguistics, aphasia, cognitive revolution, cognitive neuroscience, embodied cognition, mind, brain

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