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Leda Berio

SFB 991 / CRC 991

Phone: 0211/81-03187
Email: leda.berio@hhu.de



SToRE Membership

SToRE member since 28.01.2016

1. advisor: Gottfried Vosgerau
2. advisor: Katja Biermann-Ruben
3. advisor: David Hommen

PhD Project

My project is concerned with the relation between language acquisition and conceptualisation. The idea is to investigate how social interaction, especially language-mediated communication, shapes what is commonly referred to as “public meaning”. The assumption is that public meaning is constituted by a partial overlap of the content of individual representations and that looking at the data regarding development can shed light on the mechanisms that are at play both during first language acquisition and during the process of “tuning” speakers’ and hearers’ meaning to get to effective (or “effective enough”) communication. I will be focusing on the acquisition of colour words and mental terms.


Berio, L. Accepted . Linguistic relativity and flexibility of mental representations: color terms in a frame based analysis. In S. Löbner, T. Gamerschlag, T. Kalenscher, M. Schrenk & H. Zeevat (eds.), Cognitive Structures – Linguistic, Philosophical, and Psychological Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer. Accepted by the volume editors.

Berio, L., A. Latrouite, R. Van Valin & G. Vosgerau. 2017. Immediate and General Common Ground. In C. P. Patrick Brezillon, Roy Turner (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Proceedings of Context 2017 Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), 633–646

Berio, L. & G. Vosgerau. submitted. A fine-grained account of Common Ground.

Conference presentations

2018. September Berio, L., Schuster, A. “: Mental representations in dialogue:explaining (mis)communication with mentalized frames”, Meeting of the European Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Rijeka, Croatia. Poster presentation

2018. September Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition, negation, and conceptual development”, KogWis (Cognitive Science Annual Meeting), Darmstadt, Germany. Talk

2018. July Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition and conceptual development”, Meeting of the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Ann Arbor (MI), USA. Poster presentation

2018. February Berio, L. and Schuster, A., “Meaning coordination with mentalized frames”, 19th Workshop on the Roots of Pragmasemantics, Szlarska Poreba, Poland. Poster Presentation

2017. Berio, L. And Schuster, A Mentalised Evolutionary Prototypes, Bochum PLM4, Conference, Germany

2017. Berio L, Latrouite A, Van Valin R, Vosgerau G. , Immediate and General Common Ground, Paris Context 2017 Conference, France

2017. Berio, L. and Schuster, A. Mentalised Prototypes, Roots of Pragmasemantics Workshop. Szklarska Poręba, Poland.

2016. Berio, L. Analysing the Problem of the Influence of Language on Thought, Cost2016, Conference. Düsseldorf, Germany.

2016. Berio, L. Embodied Semantics and the Problem of Abstract Concepts, MODELACT Conference, Rome, Italy

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