UConn Colloquium: Anna Papafragou (Delaware)

Prof. Anna Papafragou will give a colloquium talk starting in Oak 4:30pm on May 2nd. The title of the talk is Language and Event Representations.

Language and Event Representations

Anna Papafragou

Department of Psychology, University of Delaware

The linguistic expression of events draws from basic, probably universal, elements of perceptual/cognitive structure. Nevertheless, little is known about how event cognition maps onto language production. Furthermore, languages differ in terms of how they segment and package events. This cross-linguistic variation raises the question whether the language one speaks could affect the way one thinks about events. This talk addresses how event cognition interfaces with language. Our studies reveal remarkable similarities in the way events are perceived, remembered and categorized despite differences in how events are encoded cross-linguistically.