Looking at the relationship between speaking and writing

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Researchers in the Johns Hopkins University have found that the neural relationship between the productive skills of speaking and writing is a bit more distant than we had thought. Apart from the obvious differences in motor skills in producing speech as opposed to writing, Brenda Rapp’s team of cognitive scientists have found that high-level aspects of the construction of written words take place in a different area of the neural architecture than those of the spoken word. In turn, this explains why some people with aphasia might be able to form a simple written sentence perfectly but not be able to say it with the same syntactic dexterity.

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