Grounding language in the brain

Friedemann Pulvermüller

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI:
Grounding language in the brain

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This chapter examines a theory of the neuronal embodiment of language and conceptual processes which is built upon neuroscientific principles. It proposes that action–perception networks (APNs) in the brain are the grounding machines realizing the binding of language, perception, and action-related information. It examines evidence for this proposal from cognitive neuroscience research. It explains that in some cases, it was possible to address specific questions about embodied cognition using neuroscience experiments. It notes that the neuromechanics of embodiment and empirical neuroscience research targeting these mechanisms may therefore be welcome additions to cognitive theory.

Keywords: neuronal embodiment; language processes; conceptual processes; action-perception networks; brain; embodied cognition; cognitive theory; neuroscience

Chapter.  15353 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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