Development of the lexical-semantic organization in the infant brain: electrophysiological evidence

Dr. Pia Rämä Until recently, there has been little evidence regarding how and when infants begin to integrate words into an inter-connected lexical-semantic system. Recent event-related potential (ERP) studies show that lexical-semantic system emerges together with early vocabulary during the second year of life (Rämä et al., 2013; Rämä et al., 2018). These studies also […]

Revisiting the origins of meaning

Klaus Zuberbuhler   The three core properties of language – meaning, syntax and social interaction - have received considerable comparative research attention in recent years, driven by a desire to advance theories of language evolution. Somewhat surprisingly, progress on the origins of meaning has been least remarkable, after the initial pioneering discoveries of referential signals […]