Language meaning and cognition

LIdIA members are interested in language as a cognitive system for meaning-making. Some of the topics we work on are: the development of literacy in children; the semantics-pragmatics interface; cross-modal interpreting; and non-native speaker lexico-grammatical resources. A broad repertoire of methods are employed, including clinical case studies, Conversation Analysis, corpus analysis, and surveys of speaker intuitions. Current projects include:

  • Conditional promises and threats: cross-cultural implications.
  • The Star Project: Key Stage 1 children's attitudes and understanding of reading.
  • A corpus case study of English usage by a non-native speaker.
  • Meaning holism: linguistic, philosophical and psychological explorations.
  • Towards a better understanding of the needs of English learners of foreign languages: are English listeners ‘stress-deaf’?


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