Liane Ströbel

Ralf Naumann: Dynamics in the Brain and Dynamic Frame Theory for Action Verbs

In this article we outline a theory of action verbs that combines a modality-independent (or abstract) conceptual component with a modality-specific one. Verbs as concepts are interpreted as ranked sets of nuclei structures in the sense of Moens and Steedman (1988). This information is stored in the middle temporal gyrus (Bedny and Caramazza 2011). Besides being amodal, this information is underspecified w.r.t. a particular way in which the action is executed (grasp a needle vs. grasp a barbell), i. e. it is not grounded in a particular situation. This underspecification can in general only be resolved if the type of object undergoing the change (needle vs. barbell) is known. Following Willems et al. (2009), this grounding is explained as an implicit simulation in premotor cortex, that is a preenactment of the action which makes it possible to predict the way in which the action evolves and which is distinct from explicit (motor) imagery.


  1. Michiel van Elk: Preface
  2. Liane Ströbel: What’s so fascinating about Sensory-Motor Concepts?
  3. Liane Ströbel: Sensory-Motor Concepts and Language
  4. Liane Ströbel: The Diversity of Sensory-Motor Concepts and its Implications
  5. Liane Ströbel: Sensory-Motor Concepts and Perception
  6. Raymond W. Gibbs: Experimental and Corpus Studies on Embodied Metaphoric Meaning 
  7. Valentina Cuccio: Inferential Communication in the Embodied Language Paradigm
  8. Johann-Mattis List, Anselm Terhalle and Daniel Schulzek: Traces of Embodiment in Chinese Character Formation A Frame Approach to the Interaction of Writing, Speaking, and Meaning 
  9. Wolfgang G. Müller: Motion and Emotion. The application of sensory-motor concepts to the representation of emotion in literature 
  10. Gerard Steen: Sensory-Motor Concepts and Metaphor in Usage
  11. Ralf Naumann: Dynamics in the Brain and Dynamic Frame Theory for Action Verbs
  12. Sander Lestrade: The place of Place (according to spatial case)
  13. Andrea Bellavia: Force Change Schemas and Excessive Actions: How High-Level Cognitive Operations Constrain Aspect in Idiomatic Constructions 
  14. Lionel Brunel, Denis Brouillet, Rémy Versace: The Sensory Nature of Knowledge
  15. Martin V.Bütz and Daniel Zöllner: Towards Grounding Compositional Concept Structures in Self-organizing Neural Encodings
  16. Alex Tillas: Grounding Cognition: The Role of Language in Thinking 
  17. Olaf Hauk: Postface