Language Processing and Time Cognition: Spatial Foundation of Time-Reference in Linguistic Expressions
Prof. Dr. Rolf Ulrich, Prof. Dr. Claudia Maienborn
Simone Alex-Ruf (M.A.), Verena Eikmeier (Dipl-Psych; since 10/2011), Susana Ruiz Fernández (Dipl-Psych; until 10/2011),
Studies in cognitive psychology suggest that temporal expressions are grounded in spatial experiences. Particularly current findings show that humans posses a mental timeline running from left to right. The research project examines the linguistic and cognitive aspects and implications of such a left/right alignment of the mental representation of time for the linguistic time and event reference. The project is interdisciplinary with the departments of cognitive psychology and linguistics working together.