Language and Cognition Research Centre
About the Centre
The relationship between language and cognition - understood broadly to include thinking, feeling, memory, attention, and other mental phenomena - is the focus on intense research interest around the world. It is one of the main topics on the cognitive science agenda.
The Language and Cognition Research Centre brings together researchers from four disciplines: linguistics, psychology, archaeology, philosophy. Their fields range across linguistic and conceptual semantics, language acquisition and literacy development, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, language description and typology, the evolution of language, formal semantics, and the philosophy of language.
Research topics include:
- universals of language
- constraints on linguistic variability
- whether differences between languages encourage differing styles of thinking
- the existence and nature of the "language faculty"
- whether mental representations are framed in language-like terms
- processing of linguistic communication in real-time interaction
- the acquisition and co-development of linguistic and other cognitive skills through infancy and childhood
- the evolution and co-development of language and higher cognitive processes
- the relationship between language and consciousness
- the relationship between language and non-linguistic modes of communication