The meaning of words and constructions is reflected by topographically specific brain activity, but even the same linguistic form appearing in contexts where it carries different communicative function can elicit different brain activity patterns. Brain activations can be mapped for different speech acts and we explore theory-guided explanations for such neuropragmatic relationships.
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