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

Programme

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.

Execution

 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

Bibliography

  • 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.

Exam

The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2

Valentina Bambini

Professoressa Associata di Linguistica

Cycle : XXXV

Course type : Type a

Period: Semester I

Academic year: 2019-2020

Place : Classroom 1-17

Duration : 10 hours