The courses in the thematic area Cognition focus on the acquisition and the processing of natural language meaning. The following key issues will be discussed:


  • How do children acquire the skill of mapping linguistic expressions to their meaning? How do adults represent and process word meanings?
  • How do prosodic features, linearization patterns, and the integration within different discourse contexts affect the processing of sentence meanings?
  • How are cognitive processes affected if linguistic expressions cannot be interpreted literally but must be dynamically adapted (for instance, in the case of a semantic conflict or in a literary context)?

The following courses are offered: 


B1 (Petra Schulz) Acquisition of semantics

B2 (Berry Claus) Concepts and word meanings: Representational and processing issues

B3 (Michael Wagner) Prosody and incremental processing

B4 (Lyn Frazier) Processing at the syntax-discourse interface

B5 (Oliver Bott) Psycholinguistic work on coercion: Resolving compositional conflicts during online comprehension

B6 (Todd Oakley) Rhetorical Minds: Exploring Human Cognition, Communication, and Action