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Berlin, 03 - 05 October 2024

The Embodied and Situated Language Processing (ESLP) conference provides an interdisciplinary forum discussing current developments in grounding during online language processing. It welcomes a broad spectrum of methods to examine the interaction of language and sensory and motor processing, such as behavioural, neurophysiological and computational approaches, to foster research in the context of theories of semantic grounding or embodiment and pragmatic situated communication and language use.

This year’s conference will continue this tradition by offering a forum for discussing hot topics in the research field, including, but not limited to the following questions:

  • Which neural mechanisms can explain semantic grounding?
  • Which mechanisms underpin abstract concepts and semantics?
  • How does grounding theory relate to linguistic relativity? Can grounding expand or restrict the range of perceptions and cognitive processes?
  • May sensorimotor processes be relevant to abstract combinatorial processes, including those of syntax and grammar?
  • How do cognitive explanations differ between the grounding or embodiment perspective and ‘symbolic’ cognitivist positions?

We are happy to announce that the 2024 edition of the ESLP will be hosted by Freie Universität Berlin, organized by members of the Brain Language Lab. Berlin provides the perfect backdrop for such an interdisciplinary exchange, as it is not only a vibrant hub of culture, but also of research into psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language. We look forward to offering a stimulating environment to boost research discussions between established, early career researchers and students. A small number of keynote speeches will highlight important new trends in the field.

Please check back often, as we will update the website with more information on the program in the months leading up to the conference!