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Open Lecture by Prof. Martin Hilpert

Department of Cognitive Linguistics at the Faculty of English wants to invite you to an open lecture by Prof. Martin Hilpert from Université de Neuchâtel. It is financed by the Academic and Research Council of Poznań, thanks to a special program focused on visits of outstanding scientists and artists. The lecture will take place on 19.11.2021 at 11:30 a.m. in Collegium Heliodori Święcicki. Nonetheless, you can participate in this lecture online via MS Teams link.

Please register here if you want to take part in that lecture: https://forms.office.com/r/B8UFH7XP7P.

Behind the words - on the new cognitive science of language
As human beings, we are constantly surrounded by language. Our familiarity with language means that we rarely stop to think about how it actually functions. This talk is an invitation to take a step back and reflect on the processes that make language work in the first place. What lies behind the words? I will try to answer that question by reviewing insights from a linguistic research program that has become more and more popular over the recent decades: cognitive linguistics. Drawing on findings from experiments and other empirical studies, I will argue that what lies behind the words is a system of social and cognitive capacities, some uniquely human, some shared with other species, that pervade human interaction and thought and that come together in language.