What can we learn about language processing from grammatically diverse languages?
In the past decades, there has been great progress in understanding the (neuro-)cognitive processes underlying the production and comprehension of sentences. However, approaches to language processing traditionally had a narrow focus on a handful of closely related languages (mainly Germanic and Romance). The vast majority of languages and the great linguistic diversity that they bring with them has barely been investigated so far. In this talk, I will present a series of cross-linguistically inspired eyetracking and EEG experiments as case studies on how the grammatical makeup of languages shape the ways in which speakers plan sentences and the strategies listeners employ when understanding sentences.
Sebastian Sauppe, University of Zurich