The Ontogeny of Cerebral Dominance

  • Marcel Kinsbourne


It has long been known that in most people the language function depends on the activity of the left cerebral hemisphere. It is clear that language develops from a base state of no language. But does language lateralization analogously develop from a base state of no lateralization? It has been generally assumed that this is so. The child at the very beginning of language development is regarded as using both cerebral hemispheres for this purpose. Differences of opinion have related more to the time frame within which lateralization occurs (Lenneberg, 1967; Krashen, 1972) than to the question of whether lateralization develops at all.


Brain Damage Language Function Dichotic Listening Head Turning Language Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Kinsbourne
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  1. 1.Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada

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