Brainwaves Encode the Grammar of Human Language
The relative timing of brainwaves encodes the structure of a sentence.
By Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Grammar is a way of structuring information that makes language an efficient way to communicate. Knowing the grammatical rules of our language allows us to say pretty much anything we want, including things we have never heard before by combining words to (new) sentences. Being able to learn and use grammar is unique to humans. But it also creates a challenge for the science of how the brain processes human language—how do our brains, essentially a bunch of cells in a network, represent something as abstract as grammatical rules?