Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science


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Language Processing

Language can be studied in many different ways. Our view of language is characterized by the fact that we want to understand the process of speech processing, i.e. the understanding and production of language in the human mind and in the brain.

What are the mental and neural processes that occur as we read or hear a sentence? How do we master complicated rules in a continuous flow of language? How do we usually succeed in deciphering the correct meaning of expressions, such as multiple negations or expressions that are not meant in the sense of the word, such as metaphors?

Many of our studies fall into the broad field of research on language processing, which we mainly investigate with the help of EEG, however, also with reaction time measurements and fMRI.

A list of selected publications:

Liu, M., König, P. & Mueller, J. L. (2019). ERPs reveal different mechanisms for processing of positive and negative polarity items. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:376.
https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00376

Bonhage, C., Meyer, L., Gruber, T., Friederici, A. D. & Mueller, J. L. (2017). Oscillatory EEG dynamics underlying task-independent chunking during sentence processing. NeuroImage 152, 647–657.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.018

Jäkel, F. and Liu, M. (2016). On Interactivity in Probabilistic Pragmatics: yet another rational analysis of scalar implicatures. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 35(1), 69-88.
https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2016-0005

Díaz, B., Sebastián-Gallés, N., Erdocia, K., Mueller, J. L., & Laka, I. (2011). On the cross-linguistic validity of electrophysiological correlates of morphosyntactic processing: A study of case and agreement violations in Basque. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24(3), 357-373.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroling.2010.12.003

Bahlmann, J., Mueller, J. L., Makuuchi, M., & Friederici, A. D. (2011). Perisylvian functional connectivity during processing of sentential negation. Frontiers in Language Sciences, 2, 104.
http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00104