Symposium om språk og hjerne

Vi inviterer til halvdags-symposium om språk og hjerne, med foredrag fra Annika Hultén (Aalto University), Kasper Boye (Københavns Universitet) og Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh).

Annika Hultén er postdoktor ved Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering ved Aalto University i Helsinki. Kasper Boye er lektor ved Institut for Nordiske studier og Sprogvidenskab ved Københavns Universitet. Thomas Bak er førsteamanuensis ved The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences ved University of Edinburgh. Foredragene holdes på engelsk og arrangementet er åpent for alle.


13.00-14.00 Annika Hultén: Understanding how meaning is processed in the brain

14.00-15.00 Thomas Bak: Dementia/aphasia and the brain

15.15-16.15 Kasper Boye: Determiner production and the lexical-grammatical distinction

16:15-17.15 Thomas Bak: Bilingualism and the brain


Annika Hultén: Understanding how meaning is processed in the brain: from words to sentences

Human language is unique in its unlimited ability to express novel ideas, but how are these ideas and concepts processed by the brain? In the talk, I will give an overview of our recent MEG studies where we study how the meaning of words and sentences is processed by the brain. State of the art machine learning technology has enabled us to discover new ways to understand how the brain process meaning by being able to extract the systematic patterns present in the neural activation measures. This means that we are ready to go beyond a correlative map of brain activation, into descriptions of what the brain activity related to semantic processing means.

Thomas Bak: Dementia/aphasia and the brain

Abstract will be provided later.

Kasper Boye: Determiner production and the lexical-grammatical distinction

This talk discusses the difference between grammatical determiners (indefinite articles) and lexical determiners (numerals) in people with agrammatism and healthy individuals. Recent production experiments suggest that grammatical determiners (indefinite articles) are harder to produce and easier to dispense with than lexical ones (numerals). These results support a usage-based theory of the grammatical-lexical distinction which defines grammatical items in terms of two features: 1) they are entrenched as background information, 2) they depend on (combination with) lexical host items. The theory entails that agrammatism symptoms may have two coexisting neurocognitive sources: 1) they may be the result of an impaired mechanism for combining grammatical items with lexical hosts; 2) they may be an adaptive response to resource limitations in which processing resources are transferred from the production of background information to the production of foreground information.


Thomas Bak: Bilingualism and the brain

Abstract will be provided later.


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Publisert 12. nov. 2018 17:21 - Sist endret 15. okt. 2019 15:58