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Issues in neurolinguistics and neuropragmatics a.y. 2021/22


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. The course is complemented by the seminar “The neuropragmatics of humor and irony”, taught by Luca Bischetti.



October 26th, 2021, h. 11-13:30
October 27th, 2021, h. 11-13:30
November 3rd, 2021, h. 11-13:30
November 4th, 2021, h. 11-13:30   


Bambini, V. (2017). Il cervello Pragmatico. Roma, Carocci.
Kemmerer D (2014). Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. New York: Psychology Press. [selected parts]
Further readings:
Bambini V., B. Bara (2012) Neuropragmatics. In: Östman J-O., Verschueren J. Handbook of Pragmatics, Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-22 
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.
Hagoort, P., & Levinson, S. C. (2014). Neuropragmatics. In Gazzaniga, M. S. & Mangun, G. R. (Eds.), The cognitive neurosciences (5th ed., pp. 667-674). Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Schumacher, P.B. 2012. “Context in neurolinguistics: Time-course data from electrophysiology.” In What is a Context? Linguistic Approaches and Challenges, ed. by R. Finkbeiner, J. Meibauer and P. B. Schumacher, 33–53. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2

Valentina Bambini

Professoressa Associata di Linguistica

Ciclo : XXXVII

Tipologia corso : Tipo a

Periodo: Semestre I

Anno accademico: 2021-2022

Luogo : Iuss, aula 1-16

Durata : 10 ore