cSCAN Rounds

Embodied word meaning in linguistic and social context

The embodied framework of language suggests that lexical-semantic meaning is represented in modality-specific neural substrate, e.g., using a word such as kick activates neural motor areas, while using a word like red activates visual areas in the brain. However, most words refer to objects/events that are experienced in several sensory domains (e.g., a football is both a chequered and kicked). In this talk I will present data from a number of studies exploring how multisensory representations are activated during word comprehension. I will explore how these multisensory representations may be combined during word comprehension, and look at how different components of word meaning are activated flexibly in various linguistic and social contexts.