Victor Ferreira

Speaking and Thinking is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Victor Ferreira, Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator at the Language Production Lab at the University of California at San Diego. This extensive conversation explores Victor Ferreira’s research which is focused on language production, especially with regard to grammar, lexical structure and speaker-hearer interaction, and his interests to incorporate computational and quantitative modelling of cognitive processing. 

Topics under discussion include key experimental results that change our view of what is actually going on when two people talk to each other, giving us new insight into the structure of language and also how many aspects of linguistics are related to our current understanding of how the brain and mind function.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Tip of the Tongue, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Linguistic Beginnings – In search of relevance
  2. Minimizing Ambiguity – Finding a linguistic drosophila
  3. Retrieval – Towards objective measurements
  4. The Division of Labour – Examining message formulation
  5. Disambiguating Ambiguity – Linguistic vs. conceptual
  6. Probing with Pronouns – A future experiment
  7. Grammar – Examining its function
  8. Monitoring – Speaking carefully
  9. In the Brain – Brain imaging and language
  10. Philosophical Divertimento – Brain vs. Mind
  11. Language and Thought – The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
  12. Future Investigations – Environmental impacts and big data
  13. Mind-Brain Redux – The debate continues….


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