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Language and the brain – lecture series

16681 - 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

Koordination: Friedemann Pulvermüller (FU Berlin), Pia Knoeferle (HU Berlin)

Ort: Lecture Hall of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Philippstraße 12, Haus 6, 10115 Berlin (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University)

Zeit: Mo 13:15 - 14:45 Uhr

Erster Termin:  18.04.2016


Platzbeschränkung: Nein

Teilnahmepflicht: Ja

SWS: 2

Here you can look at and download the program.


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, on how the language system is acquired, and on the ways how language is implemented in the brain. In this course, we will outline linguistic and neurocognitive perspectives on the architecture of language, from phonology to syntax to semantics and pragmatics. We will give an introduction 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 mechanisms underlying language processing in the human brain, also addressing their failure in language disorders. Throughout, students will be familiarized with current research questions in the field of brain language research and with current methods and paradigms in psycho- and neurolinguistics.

A tutorial will complement the course by discussing particular articles that investigate specific aspects of the brain mechanisms of language and a variety of experimental techniques.

Qualification: There will be an exam in the last session of the course. Students are also expected to participate in online quizzes twice during the semester.


Pia Knoeferle pia.knoeferle@hu-berlin.de

Friedemann Pulvermüller friedemann.pulvermuller@fu-berlin.de

Malte Schomers malte.schomers@fu-berlin.de

Lialin Rotem-Stibbe lialinrs@icloud.com

All materials for this course can be found at the following website. Please apply for a Moodle account in case there are access problems.