Time to speak: Cognitive and neural prerequisites for time in language

Peter Indefrey (Editor), Marianne Gullberg (Editor)

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Time is a fundamental aspect of human cognition and action. All languages have developed rich means to express various facets of time, such as bare time spans, their position on the time line, or their duration. The articles in this volume give an overview of what we know about the neural and cognitive representations of time that speakers can draw on in language. Starting with an overview of the main devices used to encode time in natural language, such as lexical elements, tense and aspect, the research presented in this volume addresses the relationship between temporal language, culture, and thought, the relationship between verb aspect and mental simulations of events, the development of temporal concepts, time perception, the storage and retrieval of temporal information in autobiographical memory, and neural correlates of tense processing and sequence planning. The psychological and neurobiological findings presented here will provide important insights to inform and extend current studies of time in language and in language acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMalden
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)9781444309645
ISBN (Print)9781405185813
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe Language Learning-Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics cognitive neuroscience series

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • memory
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • processing
  • time
  • language


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