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: