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Progress in Brain Language Research


Coordination: Prof. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Where: JK 31/102 (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)

Time: Mi, 16:00-18:00

First Meeting: 19.10.2022

Number of participants: open

Limitation of participant number: none

Compulsory participation: Yes

SWS: 2



This seminar is for BA, MA and PhD students and for researchers interested in language science and focuses on reviewing and discussing recent progress in the cognitive neuroscience of language and in the fields of semantics and pragmatics. The seminar has four main strands:

  1. BA and MA candidates working in the field of semantics, pragmatics or brain language research will present their work plans and first results,
  2. Researchers at the FU Berlin’s Brain Language Laboratory will present their ongoing work and explain their recent findings and publications,
  3. Recently published research articles in the domain of semantics, pragmatics and brain language research will be reviewed by the participants to highlight the latest progress in the field,
  4. National and international invited speakers will present their research in the fields of semantics, pragmatics and the neurobiology of language.

This term, there will be a focus on research related to the ERC Advanced Grant Project Material Constraints Enabling Human Cognition (MatCo), where we are trying to specify the mechanistic neurobiological basis of human language. Ongoing research from a range of other current research endeavors will also be featured. The EU’s International Training Network Conversational Brains (CoBra), the French-German research initiative on Phonological Networks in Speech Production and Understanding (PhoNet), will be in focus in two sessions jointly held with Kristof Strijker’s group at the CNRS institute of the Universit Aix-Marseille. In addition, work from the DFG-projects on Brain Signatures of Communication (BraiSiCo), The Sound of Meaning (SOM) and Intensive Language Action Therapy of Aphasia (ILAT) may be covered. Generous funding support by the European Research Council, the European Union and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is kindly acknowledged.

Presentations can be given in English or German.

Students and researchers who are interested to participate in this colloquium are kindly requested to contact Verena.Arndt@fu-berlin.de and/or talk to Friedemann Pulvermüller in his office hour.