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Progress in Brain Language Research

In the winter term 2023/2024, Prof Pulvermüller is on sabbatical. However, to ensure a degree of professorial teaching during this semester at the Institute, the colloquium will be offered in reduced form. Please find this reduced program below, together with a general description of the course’s aims and the related technicalities.

This seminar is for BA, MA and PhD students and for researchers interested in language science. The course will focus 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 or summarize their recent publications,
  3. Recently published remarkable research articles in the fields of brain language research, semantics and pragmatics will be reviewed by the participants to highlight the progress in the field,
  4. National and international expert speakers will present their research in cognitive neuroscience of language and linguistics.

This term, there will be a focus on research related to the ongoing ERC Advanced Grant Project Material Constraints Enabling Human Cognition (MatCo), where we are trying to specify the mechanistic neuronal circuits underlying human language use. Ongoing research from a range of other current research endeavors will also be featured. Work from the EU’s International Training Network Conversational Brains (CoBra) and the French-German research initiative on Phonological Networks in Speech Production and Understanding (PhoNet), will be in focus in two sessions jointly held with Prof Kristof Strijker’s group at the CNRS Laboratoire Parole et Langage of 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) will be covered. Generous funding support by the European Research Council, the European Union and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is kindly acknowledged.