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Monique Flecken

I am interested in the relation between language and cognition. I study this for the domain of events: How does the specific language(s) that we use influence(s) the way in which we perceive, understand and describe every-day dynamic actions and situations (e.g., cycling to work, peeling a mandarin)?
Event cognition is an interesting field of research because it involves the integration of different dimensions, i.e., persons, entities, action, time and space. Languages differ in the means that they provide to highlight or focus (subsets of) these event dimensions. My overall questions are, to what extent, and how, does cross-linguistic variation lead to general differences in our perception of events? What aspects of event cognition can be considered universal (if any), and what type of variation can we find?

I use eye tracking and EEG methodology to study event perception and processing in speakers of different languages.

Last checked 2017-02-27

Monique Flecken

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands