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Issues in neurolinguistics and neuropragmatics (a.a 2019/20)


Neurolinguistics investigates which linguistic categories are relevant for the brain, and how they are implemented. As part of neurolinguistics, neuropragmatics focuses on the neural response to the pragmatic aspects of language, such as context-dependent meanings and discourse. The first part of the course will introduce the students to the main approaches in neurolinguistics research (mainly studies on clinical populations, functional and structural neuroimaging, EEG), illustrating also some of the main achievements in the study of grammatical and semantics aspects of language. The second part will focus on pragmatics, showing the complex interplay of linguistic and cognitive functions involved in processing implicit meanings, and the vulnerability of pragmatic abilities in pathological conditions.


October 14th 2019, 11 - 13 classroom 1-17
October 14th 2019, 14 - 16 meeting room
October 21st 14-17 classroom 1-17
October 28th 14-17 classroom 1-15 new date November 13th November 27th, 14-17 sala riunioni





  • Kemmerer D (2014). Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. New York: Psychology Press. [selected parts].
  • Bambini V., B. Bara (2012) Neuropragmatics. In: Östman J-O., Verschueren J. Handbook of Pragmatics, Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-22
  • Stemmer, B. (2008) Neuropragmatics, Disorders and Neural Systems. In B. Stemmer, H.A. Whitaker (Eds.), Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language, Cambridge (MA), Elsevier, 175-188.
  • Cummings, L. (2017) ‘Clinical pragmatics’, in G. Yueguo, A. Barron and G. Steen (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics, London and New York: Routledge, 419-432.
  • Van Berkum, J. J. A. (2009). The neuropragmatics of 'simple' utterance comprehension: An ERP review. In U. Sauerland, & K. Yatsushiro (Eds.), Semantics and pragmatics: From experiment to theory (pp. 276-316). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2

Valentina Bambini

Professoressa Associata di Linguistica

Ciclo : XXXV

Tipologia corso : Tipo a

Periodo: Semestre I

Anno accademico: 2019-2020

Luogo : Aula 1-17, aula 1-15, sala riunioni

Durata : 10 ore