[Added Note for EMBODIED LANGUAGE II http://www.cambridgeembodiedlanguage.com Christ's College Cambridge September 2-4 2013]

For information:Herder/Jan Wind Prize Essay 2015

New College Oxford
26-28 September 2011


The embodiment of language (as well as cognitive embodiment) is a much-debated topic. It offers a different approach
to language function in the brain from the hitherto widely accepted account in terms of words as symbols, parts of an essentially psychologically researched conceptual system. Progress in neuroscience, notably with the discovery of mirror neurons but also with refined neuroimaging techniques, has opened up the possibility that words in the brain are not simply labels for concepts but integral parts of perceptual and motor organisation (embodied semantics). The meeting, whilst giving due weight to the neural approach to language embodiment, aims to bring together those whose work in relation to the current functioning, origin and evolution of language, in psychology as well as in philosophy (cf. Merleau-Ponty), directly or indirectly bears on the case for or against the concept of embodiment. Without seeking to restrict what may be discussed, as some background reference is made to Neurophilosophy by Patricia Churchland and to the neurophysiological and other aspects of language evolution considered at the multidisciplinary conference organised by the Language Origins Society (with others) as part of a NATO/ASI series. The meeting will be under the auspices of the Language Origins Society and the European Society for the Study of Cognitive Systems Deadline: 30 May 2011, after this date submissions will be considered, and participation is possible, room in the programme permitting
Tatiana Chernigovskaya - St Petersburg State University Laboratory for Cognitive Studies
Leonardo Fogassi - Universita Degli Studi Parma Dept of Neuroscience
Maurizio Gentilucci - Universita Degli Studi Parma Dept of Neuroscience
Harry Jerison - University of California Los Angeles Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
David McNeill - University of Chicago Center for Gesture and Speech Research
Jean-Luc Petit - University of Strasbourg and College de France Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action
Friedemann Pulvermuller - Medical Research Council Cambridge Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Gabriella Vigliocco - University College London Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Kate Watkins - Department of Experimental Psychology Oxford
Roel Willems - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior Nijmegen

Patricia Churchland Neurophilosophy [450-458] MIT 1986
Giacomo Rizzolatti Mirrors in the Brain OUP 2008
Ludwig Wittgenstein The Blue and The Brown Books [p. 170] Blackwell 1960
Friedemann Pulvermuller The Neuroscience of Language CUP 2002
Alain Berthoz The Brainís Sense of Movement Harvard 2000
Jan Wind, Bernard Bichakjian et al. eds. Language Origin:A Multidisciplinary Approach.
NATO/ASI Series Kluwer 1992
Vittorio Gallese ("embodied simulation" in) 2003. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci.(1431):517-28.

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http://www.cambridgeembodiedlanguage.com EMBODIED LANGUAGE II 2013

The conference will be from 2-4 September Christ's College Cambridge, Charles Darwin's college.
Details later.

For information:
At the end of the 2011 New College conference there was a brief discussion of what might follow. 
One idea was a journal collection. The Biolinguistics Special Issue should be appearing soon 
[now at  Biolinguistics]
Another idea was a follow-up conference in two years' time.Embodied semantics (with links to 
embodied cognition) is still a very active research topic. Embodied language could also include 
syntax (syntactic and other abstract words).


Embodied Language Selected Research papers
URLS: www.percepp.com

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