Workshop ESP07
Embodied sentence processing

behavioural, neuropsychological, and computational perspectives

Saarland University, August 17-19, 2007

Registration is now open:

If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an email with "registration" as the subject, and with your name, email, and affiliation in the body of the message to Fees are 75 Euro for non-students, and 35 Euro for students. Payment of fees will be on-site (cash only).

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE is JULY 15, 2007. Late registration is possible onsite at the workshop at a slightly higher fee (50 euro for students and 90 euro for non-students).


Recent years have seen a growing interest in multi-modal processing in a variety of areas, among them online language processing, and an increasing number of studies have begun to examine the nature of the interaction between sentence comprehension mechanisms and non-linguistic (e.g., visuomotor) processes.

What is particularly striking is the way in which different research methods - among them behavioural, neuropsychological, and computational approaches - provide converging evidence for the existence and incremental nature of this interaction. In addition, different research traditions such as language-for-action and embodied comprehension have provided complementary insights into how precisely visuomotor processing influences online sentence processing. Indeed, combining insights that are supported cross-methodologically with insights that have so far only been reported in a specific research tradition may prove a fruitful procedure for advancing our knowledge of the interplay between visuomotor and language processing.

The workshop focuses on online sentence processing and has two main goals. First, it aims to bring together converging and complementary evidence from three different methods (behavioural, neuropsychological, and computational). A further aim is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion between scientists that have examined the interaction of language and visual/motor processing in embodied, situated, and language-for-action research traditions.

Invited speakers

Lawrence Barsalou, Emory University, USA
Giovanni Buccino University of Parma, Italy
Friedemann Pulvermueller MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge UK
Michael Tanenhaus University of Rochester, USA
Marco Tettamanti Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology, Italy
Elke van der Meer Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Rolf Zwaan Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Peter F. Dominey CNRS Lyon, France

Workshop organizers

Pia Knoeferle and Matthew W. Crocker


Program committee

Chen Yu (Indiana University)
Marty Mayberry (Saarland University)
Ben Bergen (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Stefanie Kelter (Technical University of Berlin)
Diane Pecher (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Marta Kutas (UCSD, USA)
Seana Coulson (UCSD, USA)
Marco Tettamanti (Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology, Italy)
Berry Claus (Saarland University, Germany)
Yuki Kamide (University of Dundee, UK)
Sarah Brown-Schmidt (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Roger van Gompel (University of Dundee, UK)

Workshop venue

The venue is the Center for Research in Language and Technology (ZSF-Neubau) at Saarland University. For more information on travel and venue please see the "Travel and Hotels" section.


The workshop is supported by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Last updated April-28-2007