Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Sentence comprehension and the left inferior frontal gyrus: Storage, not computation

Laurie A. Stowe a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Groningen, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands


Neuroimaging evidence suggests that the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) supports temporary storage of linguistic material during linguistic tasks rather than computing a syntactic representation. The LIFG is not activated by simple sentences but by complex sentences and maintenance of word lists. Under this hypothesis, agrammatism should only disturb comprehension for constructions in which storage is essential.