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Dr. Cora Kim

Post-doctoral researcher (alumna)



Personal Profile:

I studied East Asian Languages, Linguistics, and Philosophy in Beijing and Berlin and obtained an MA in General Linguistics from the Technische and the Freie Universität Berlin. I then focused on the cross-linguistic study of first language acquisition and conceptual development and completed a PhD in the interdisciplinary research cluster ‘Languages of Emotion’ at the Freie Universität Berlin.
During my PhD, I collected data for my project in South Korea and spent one month as a visiting Graduate student at the linguistics department of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and an academic year as a visiting researcher in the departments of linguistics and psychology at Stanford University.

Research Interests

My current research at the Brain Language Laboratory focuses on the interaction of language and cognition from a neurolinguistic perspective. My work includes:

  • cross-linguistic study of the influence of lexical distinctions on categorical perception and the neuromechanistic underpinnings of ‘Whorfian effects’;
  • training studies on word learning and the acquisition of concrete and abstract meanings, with an aim to integrate embodied semantics with a view that acknowledges language as an important input source to the building and organization of conceptual representations;
  • neuropragmatics and the brain basis of speech acts taking into account the social-interactive origin and grounding of language and investigating the time course, localization, and influencing factors of communicative intention reading from speech and gesture
  • Kim, C., Tomasello, R., and F. Pulvermüller In prep. Italian Blues: neurophysiological and behavioral evidence for language influence on the categorical perception of colors.
  • Kim, C. (2013) Entering the ‘community of minds’ in Germany and Korea. A cross-cultural investigation of developing internal state language, theory of mind, and emotion concepts between 3 and 6 years. Doctoral dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin