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The core ecological niche for language use and its implications for language processing


Levinson,  Stephen C.
Language and Cognition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Radboud University;

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Levinson, S. C. (2014). The core ecological niche for language use and its implications for language processing. Talk presented at the Centre for Language Studies Colloquium series, Radboud University. Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 2014-12-11.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-9720-3
This talk will focus on a central property of interactional uses of language, namely turn-taking, and show how this has major implications for language processing. I’ll sketch how the PI Group ‘Interactional Foundations of Language’ is exploring these issues, using insights arising from many different domains (prosody, breathing, gaze, cross-linguistic and cross-modal studies, human development) and many different methods (corpus studies, perception experiments, eyetracking, brain imaging). I’ll outline an interim model of how we think it all works, and (time-permitting) broach some implications for language typology, and ask where such a system comes from.