ILA lectures will take place on Zoom in 2023 - 2024. We have an amazing line-up of speakers.

March 2, 2024

Mind and Flesh: Connecting Linguistic Knowledge to Neurons

Dr. Zohar Eviatar
University of Haifa, Haifa

Time: March 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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I present the major gap between linguistic representations in the mind, and neurophysiological representations of language in the brain, and show how Embodiment Theory attempts to bridge this gap. I will show previous findings about the representation of the lexical and semantic aspects of language. However, much linguistic information is structural rather than lexical. I present our model of how prosody can be the ‘action-perception’ that is embodied, and how it transforms linguistic information into ‘brain language’. I present data from some recent experiments in our lab that support this model.

Monthly Lectures 2023 - 2024


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
October 7 Observing migrant words: researching the fate of Italian loanwords in Europe and beyond Dr. Matthias Heinz (University of Salzburg, Austria)
November 4 Constructions, Holism, and the Reciprocity of Parts and Wholes Dr. David Wible (National Central University, Taiwan)
December 2 Mapping Linguistic Diversity and Documenting Endangered Languages in New York Dr. Ross Perlin (Co-Director of the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA) )


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
February 3 Temporal organization of gesture and prosody in conversation in Luganda Dr. Margaret Zellers (Kiel University, Germany)
March 2 Mind and Flesh: Connecting Linguistic Knowledge to Neurons Dr. Zohar Eviatar (University of Haifa, Haifa)
May 4 TBA Dr. Michał B. Paradowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)