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Communication beyond form: how the brain processes communicative intention (Dissertationsprojekt)


Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie - Brain Language Lab

Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller, Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman

Language interacts with the context in which it occurs, meaning that a same linguistic expression can be used by a speaker to communicate different things. In other words, the communicative action of an utterance and its physical form can be considered independent to a certain degree. The aim of my doctoral project is to understand how the brain encodes different communicative intentions (speech act types) conveyed by the same physical utterance and to elucidate whether certain brain regions play a causal role in disambiguating between different possible interpretations of the same utterance (for example in the case of indirect speech acts).