The Workshop on Language and the Brain aims at bringing together researchers, theorists and practitioners from across a variety of disciplines comprising Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Neurolinguistics, in order to explore the complexities of the human brain regarding the language capacity.
The workshop intends to cover a wide variety of themes and address a number of questions, among which are the following (this is by no means an exhaustive list):
- What makes human language(s) unique?
- How do humans/we acquire the various different linguistic components? How is language learnt?
- How are these linguistic components connected in the brain? How do humans process and produce language(s)?
- Are there any common characteristics between the structure/processing/learning of natural languages and other languages (e.g. music)?
- Is it possible to map language to its physical reality in the brain?
- Is human vocal learning special in any way?
- How does the study of language disorders contribute to a better understanding of the linguistic brain?
- How do context and frequency of use contribute to the way language is represented in the mind/brain?