Séminaire DIC-ISC-CRIA – 7 avril 2022 avec Arthur GLENGERG

Arthur GLENBERG – 7 avril 2022

Titre : The Centrality of Emotion to Language


Think about the content of language in venues other than academia (e.g., conversations among friends, novels, movies, musical lyrics, etc.): it is predominantly about emotions and feelings. Furthermore, the relation between emotion and language is not just in regard to content. I will review literature demonstrating the impact of emotion at multiple levels of language including phonology, prosody, syntax, word meaning, sentence comprehension, and discourse structure. The talk will end with a couple of suggestions for why there is this strong connection and what it implies. Because this is a new area for me, I don’t have a lot of my own work to cite. I have attached a couple of articles, but my advice to students is to skim them: They play a role in the talk but none is central. Finally, now that this is arranged, I will reveal my non-negotiable fee: a Université du Québec à Montréal t-shirt. For several years, I have been collecting t-shirts from places where I give talks. I think that I may now have the world’s greatest collection of university t-shirts. They make great souvenirs (in both the English and French etymological meanings), they are functional, and wearing one is a subtle way of showing off.


Arthur GLENBERG is an emeritus professor in the Departments of Psychology at Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he has an appointment at INICO at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Glenberg conducts basic research in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He has also developed a reading comprehension intervention for children in the early elementary grades based on principles of embodied cognition (Moved by Reading; https://www.movedbyreading.com/), and he has extended the intervention for English Language Learning children (EMBRACE). He is PI on an NSF-funded project directed at applying principles of embodied cognition to education. Glenberg has published a textbook (in its third edition), an edited volume, and over 140 peer-reviewed articles. His work has been cited more than 24,000 times, and his Google Scholar h-index is 63