This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Victor Ferreira, Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator at the Language Production Lab at the University of California at San Diego. This extensive conversation explores Victor Ferreira’s research which is focused on language production and communication, especially with regard to grammar, lexical structure and speaker-hearer interaction, and his interests to incorporate computational and quantitative modelling of cognitive processing.
Topics under discussion include key experimental results that change our view of what is actually going on when two people talk to each other, giving us new insight into the structure of language and also how many aspects of linguistics are related to our current understanding of how the brain and mind function.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Tip of the Tongue, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Linguistic Beginnings - In search of relevance
Minimizing Ambiguity - Finding a linguistic drosophila
Retrieval - Towards objective measurements
The Division of Labour - Examining message formulation
Disambiguating Ambiguity - Linguistic vs. conceptual
Probing with Pronouns - A future experiment
Grammar - Examining its function
Monitoring - Speaking carefully
In the Brain - Brain imaging and language
Philosophical Divertimento - Brain vs. Mind
Language and Thought - The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
Future Investigations - Environmental impacts and big data
Mind-Brain Redux - The debate continues….
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