Benjamin K. Bergen is the author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning (Basic Books, 2012).
The traditional view is that our capacity for language is housed in
certain centers in the brain — specialized regions like “Broca’s area”
and “Wernicke’s area” that are purportedly in charge of grammar or
meaning, respectively. But the new science tells us that mind makes
meaning using a much broader swath of the brain — including parts that
are typically used for seeing and for moving.