Neural representation of an alphasyllabary - the story of Devanagari

Das, T. and Kumar, U. and Bapi, Raju S. and Padakannaya, P. and Singh, N. C. (2009) Neural representation of an alphasyllabary - the story of Devanagari. Current science, 97 (7). pp. 1033-1038. ISSN 0011-3891

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We used functional brain imaging to study brain activation patterns when 16 native speakers read phrases in Devanagari, a writing system with alphabetic and syllabic properties. We found activation in the left insula, fusiform gyrus and inferior frontal gyrus, as seen for reading alphabetic scripts and in the right superior parietal lobule as associated with reading syllabic scripts. Additionally, we found bilateral activation in the middle frontal gyrus (Lt. BA 46, Rt. BA 6/44) which we attribute to complex visuo-spatial processing required for reading Devanagari, wherein consonants are placed linearly from left to right and vowels positioned non-linearly around them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alphabetic; Devanagari; syllabic; fMRI; Hindi
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Psychology
Divisions: Department of > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 09:56
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 05:16

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