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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!

Dates & Fees

Conference days: 03.10. - 05.10.
Submission deadline: 08.06.
Decision of acceptance/rejection: 30.06.
Link to submission portalwww.conftool.net/eslp2024

Fees:

The Early Bird discount will be available for registrations until 15.08.

  • Early Bird
    • Regular: 190.00 €
    • Student: 130.00 €
  • Late
    • Regular: 230.00 €
    • Student: 190.00 €

Call for Abstracts

We invite abstracts on embodied and situated language processing, as well as grounded cognition in a language context. We encourage empirical studies with a relation to brain function (e.g. fMRI, EEG, MEG, NIRS, TMS) as well as behavioural methods and modelling approaches. Contributions reporting work in progress (e.g., registered reports) are welcome. Abstracts should be up to 300 words long (exclusive of references) and should be submitted through the submission portal (www.conftool.net/eslp2024) by June 08, 2024. Accepted abstracts will result in either a 15-20 minute talk or a poster presentation (notifications will be communicated by June 30, 2024).

The Venue

The conference will take place in two locations.

On 03.10., the conference will open in the Harnack-Haus in Berlin-Dahlem. As a conference venue of the Max Planck Society, the Harnack-Haus provides an excellent setting for lively discussions, informative lectures, and engaging evenings.

From 04.10. - 05.10., we will continue in the Rost- und Silberlaube, the main campus of the Freie Universität Berlin. The seminar centre offers multiple bright rooms for exciting presentations and critical discussions in an open atmosphere.

Both locations can easily be reached by public transport (U3S1, or the busses M11 and X11), by bike and by car.

Day 1 Days 2 and 3
Harnack-Haus Freie Universität Berlin, Silberlaube (ground floor)
Ihnestraße 16-20 Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26
14195 Berlin 14195 Berlin

Programme

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Organization

Local Organizing Committee

Fynn Dobler, Laura Ciaccio, Luigi Grisoni, Verena Arndt, Konstantinos Kosmas, Friedemann Pulvermüller

Scientific Committee

Fynn Dobler, Laura Ciaccio, Luigi Grisoni, Ana Zappa, Claudio Brozzoli, Claudia Gianelli, Raphaël Fargier

Executive Committee

Louise Connell, Claudia Gianelli, Pia Knoeferle, Tatjana Nazir