Words and their meaning: a deep delve from surface distribution into underlying neural representation

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This special issue of The Mental Lexicon contains a number of papers presented at a symposium at the Center for Languages and Literature, Lund University, on December 10, 2009.

The interdisciplinary meeting brought together researchers from linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience in order to discuss different approaches to studying the complexities surrounding the modelling of word semantics. The goal was to obtain a better understanding of the relationship between the linguistic modelling of the lexicon and neurocognitive and neurophysiological representations and processes related to word meaning.

The papers cover both theoretical aspects of word meaning seen from the perspective of linguists (Jean Aitchison, Michael Fortescue) and neuropsychologists (Allan Paivio) as well as experimental studies by neuroscientists investigating different aspects of meaning structure using different brain imaging techniques (Véronique Boulenger & Tatjana Nazir, Yury Shtyrov).


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • factivity, intensifiers, iconicity, meaning change, compositionality, co-composition, neural networks, affordances, action words, motor action, idioms, Parkinson’s Disease, kinematics, fMRI, EEG, attention, brain, memory trace, Event-related potentials and fields (ERP, ERF), mismatch negativity (MMN, Lexical access, common coding, Electroencephalo-graphy (EEG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), concreteness-abstractness, imagen, context, mental representation, logogen, verbal coding, multimodal coding, disaster words, collocation, bleaching, mental lexicon, polysemy
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameThe Mental Lexicon
ISSN (Print)1871-1375
ISSN (Electronic)1871-1340

Bibliographic 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) Conference Name: The Mental Lexicon Conference Location: Lund University Conference Date: 2009-12-10

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