Nonverbal aspects of language

Neurol Clin. 1993 Feb;11(1):9-23.


This article describes the recently discovered language functions of the right hemisphere that involve the (nonverbal) modulation of affective prosody and gestures. The organization of these functions, at a syndomic level, appears to be analogous to the organization of verbal language in the left hemisphere. The relationship of the affective aspects of language and communication with general emotions and the neurology of poststroke depression are discussed also.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology
  • Emotions / physiology
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Nonverbal Communication* / physiology