The rules and representations underlying language are mechanisms realised in the brain. The question about the nature of language is therefore, realistically, a question about brain circuits. This ... read more
The rules and representations underlying language are mechanisms realised in the brain. The question about the nature of language is therefore, realistically, a question about brain circuits. This lecture series will address questions about language at different levels, highlight important linguistic concepts and distinctions, and discuss their possible mechanistic basis in the brain. In addition, the lectures will address brain activation patterns that index specific linguistic processes and patterns of linguistic deficits that arise from brain lesion or other focal functional impairment. Lectures will follow the linguistic hierarchy, from words and speech sounds, to morphemes, phrases, sentences and grammar. A main focus will be on semantics and questions about pragmatics will be touched upon. Translational research will be highlighted in closing, addressing the field of language therapy after stroke, where linguistic theories led to new successful methods for clinical neurorehabilitation.
This lecture series will be given in English, with discussion sections in both English and German. Student presentations will be possible (for obtaining a "benoteten Schein"). There is a plan to publish this lecture series in the form of a new introductory book and interested students will have the opportunity to comment on draft chapters.
Pulvermüller, F., 2002. The neuroscience of language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pulvermüller, F., 2010. Brain-language research: Where is the progress? Biolinguistics, 4(2-3), 255-288.