Liane Ströbel

Valentina Cuccio: Inferential Communication in the Embodied Language Paradigm

The aim of this paper is to focus on a problem that has not been sufficiently attended to by researchers in the embodied language paradigm. This problem concerns the inferential level of communication. In real-life conversations implicit and inferential meaning is often the most important part of dialogues. However, embodied language researches, up to now, have not sufficiently considered this aspect of human communication. Simu- lation of the propositional content is not sufficient in order to explain real-life linguistic activity. In addition, we need to explain how we get from propositional contents to inferential meanings. A usage-based model of language, focused on the idea that speaking is acting, will be presented. On this basis, the processes of language production and comprehension will be analyzed in the light of the recent findings on action comprehension.


  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