Language and Cognition

The relation of language and cognition is a central research focus in linguistics at Berkeley. For decades, research in this department has been influential in explaining linguistic phenomena in cognitive terms, and cognitive phenomena in linguistic terms. Current research on language and cognition in the department extends this tradition, with innovative work ranging from the observational to the experimental to the computational, from signed to spoken to written modalities of language, and from the structure of speech to semantic typology.