Dr Songhee Kim and Professor Liina Pylkkänen | Unpacking composition: The case of adverbs and verbs
Leipzig Lectures on Language
- Datum: 16.06.2021
- Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 16:30
- Vortragende(r): Dr Songhee Kim and Professor Liina Pylkkänen
- Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA and Department of Linguistics, New York University, USA
- Ort: MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften
- Raum: Zoom Meeting
- Gastgeber: Abteilung Neuropsychologie
Songhee Kim is postdoctoral researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with neurolinguistics and semantics as main areas of study. Her dissertation focused on the neural representation of event concept composition. Liina Pylkkänen is Professor of Linguistics and Psychology and Head of the Neurolinguistics Lab at New York University. Her research focus on the characterization of the brain mechanisms responsible for the semantic combinatorics of language and how they are intimately intertwined with computations building complex syntactic structures.
Understanding the neurobiology of composition requires, first, identifying possible neural correlates of the relevant processes, and then, sustained efforts to unpack the nature of the underlying computations, which may be different from what the theory that one started with assumed. We describe a research program that has used representational theories from linguistics as the initial inspiration, but that has yielded a description of a process in the left anterior temporal lobe that does not map onto computations in theories of syntax or formal semantics. We show how Dr. Kims work on adverb-verb composition has shed light on the sensitivity of this mostly conceptually driven activity to representational complexity and syntax.