Pragmatic Apparatus – Pragmatics Electrified

Cited by Lee Sonogan

Linguistic Theory and Pragmatics (Chapter 2) - Implicatures

Abstract by Paolo Canal Valentina Bambini

The electrical activity of the brain while elaborating linguistic material that is pragmatically charged surfaces in three ERP components (N400, P600/LPC, Sustained Negativity) and induced oscillatory changes. We present a qualitative,non-exhaustive, review of several empirical investigations that used EEG-based measures to investigate language processing in the pragmatic domain. Touching upon three main topics (non-literal language; discourse and conversation; clinical populations), we present the interaction of a set of cognitive processes that exploit semantic memory or elaborate on the mental representation of the current context to derive pragmatic inferences. ERP measures provide evidence for shedding new light on longstanding debates in pragmatics (e.g., the direct vs. indirect access issue), while a pragmatic perspective provides information on the functional role of ERP components (for instance to understand the nature of the P600 in non-syntactic contexts).

Publication: PsyArXiv Preprints (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: 2021 Doi: 10.31234/

Keywords: Experimental Pragmatics, Sustained Negativity, Idioms, Context, Neuroscience, Linguistics (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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