Neural Processing of Verbal Event Structure: Temporal and Functional Dissociation Between Telic and Atelic Verbs

  • E. MalaiaEmail author
  • J. Gonzalez-Castillo
  • C. Weber-Fox
  • T. M. Talavage
  • R. B. Wilbur


The chapter uses electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) evidence to explore neural bases of telicity/atelicity computation. We focus on understanding how general language processing resources (e.g., working memory), as well as language-specific ones contribute to online computation of event structure from its distinctive features in spoken (English) and sign languages (e.g., American Sign Language, Croatian Sign Language).


Telicity EEG Event structure American sign language Atelic 



This work was partially supported by National Science Foundation Grant 0345314 to RBW, NIH DC00524 grant to RBW, NIH EB003990 grant to TMT, and Research Enhancement Program grant from the University of Texas at Arlington to EM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Malaia
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Gonzalez-Castillo
    • 2
  • C. Weber-Fox
    • 3
  • T. M. Talavage
    • 4
  • R. B. Wilbur
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Section on Functional Imaging Methods, Laboratory of Brain and CognitionNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  4. 4.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  5. 5.Linguistic Program, School of Interdisciplinary StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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