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Programm zur Vorlesung Language and the Brain

Vorlesung/Lecture series


16910Vorlesung (MA Studiengänge ‚Mind and Brain‘ und ‚Sprachen Europas‘)

Language and the brain

Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka (Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik, HU Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller (Brain Language Laboratory, FB Philosophy (WE4), FU Berlin)

Dates and Time: Monday 9:30 – 11:00; start: 13 April 2015

Venue: Lecture Hall of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Philippstraße 13, Haus 6, 10115 Berlin; note that this is at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University

This lecture series is open to students at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain as well as for students of linguistics at both HU and FU Berlin.

Language has been investigated from a range of perspectives, rooted in diverse disciplines such as the humanities and philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. These disciplines have focused on different aspects such as on language as a formal system relating sound to meaning, on the language-related behavior of humans and on how the language system is acquired, and on the ways how language is implemented in the brain. In this course we will outline the linguistic view of the architecture of this formal system, from phonology to syntax to semantics and pragmatics. We will introduce into the major psycholinguistic findings concerning the processing of language, such as the recognition of words, the parsing of sentences, and the computation of the intended meaning. And we will give an overview of what is known about the neural representation of language processing, including language disorders.

The tutorial will complement the course by discussing particular articles that investigate specific aspects of language-related behavior and its neural implementation, and that use a variety of experimental techniques. Together with the course, students will be familiarized with current research questions in the field of language and the brain, and in the current methods and paradigms to address these questions.


Manfred Krifka: krifka@zas.gwz-berlin.de

Friedemann Pulvermüller: f.p@fu-berlin.de

Malte Schomers: m.schomers@fu-berlin.de


Language and the Brain 2015

Krifka / Pulvermüller, Tutorium: Schomers


13.4.      Introduction, K/P

20.4.      Anatomy, function and modelling oft he brain, P

27.4.      Phonetics and Phonology: Phonemes and features, K

4.5.        Phonetics and Phonology II: Action and perception theory, P

11.5.      Words and word recognition, K

18.5.      Word categories and the brain, P

1.6.        Syntactic Structure, K

8.6.        Compositional semantics, K

15.6.      Storage vs. Combination in the Brain, P

22.6.      Pragmatics: Speech Acts, P

29.6.      Pragmatics: Presuppositions and implicatures: K

6.7.        Aphasia and therapy, P

13.7.      Language acquisition and language evolution, K