Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference

Current Directions and Future Perspectives

20-29 September 2021Virtual             

Aim of the Conference

The conference series on Embodied and Situated Language Processing has provided, since 2007, a 


 for interdisciplinary discussions on linguistic processing in embodied and situated settings.

This year’s online edition of ESLP aims to take advantage of the forced pause on live conferences and offer renowned leaders in the field and early career researchers a virtual venue to reflect and discuss the current directions and outline future perspectives of the field. In five online events, the invited speakers will be joined by thirty additional speakers selected through a call for papers. The results of these online discussion, in the form of five consensus papers, will converge in a Special Issue that we hope might pave the way for the future research of the ESLP community.


The call for papers is now closed and 39 presenters were selected. 

Invited speakers and presenters will have access to the full online program (no registration fee). 


Registration is now open to view-only participants (Zoom webinar). If you

re interested in attending one or more sessions, please 
 through this 


 by 18 
September 2021. 

 Please be aware that registration is mandatory and strictly personal. 


20 September 2021
Time: 14-19 (CEST)  
Topic: Abstract Concepts  

Anna Borghi Abstract concepts in interaction
Bodo Winter  Grounding abstract concepts in emotion:  cross linguistic evidence
Greg Woodin  Conceptual metaphor and graphical convention influence the interpretation of line graphs
Domicele Jonauskaite  Colour-emotion associations seem driven conceptually:  Data from individuals with red-green colour blindness
 Caterina Villani How do people talk about abstract and concrete concepts? A conversational paradigm 
Martina Montalti The role of motor inhibition in implicit negation processing: theoretical reflections based on two Go/NoGo studies 
Raphaël Fargier The production of abstract words
Briony Banks Exploring the structure and representation of abstract and concrete categories in a category production task  
Claudia Mazzuca The concept of gender. Moving beyond the abstract-concrete dichotomy 
Chiara Fini Abstract concepts and prosocial behavior in children: A thermal imaging study 

22 September 2021 
Time: 14-19 (CEST) 
Topic: Language Acquisition and Development  

Gabriella Vigliocco Situating language learning in the real-world  

Oleksandr Horchak Toward a deeper understanding of the role of perceptual context in language comprehension 
Nadia Lana Emotional and sensorimotor connotations of linguistic contexts contribute to novel word learning 
David LabrecqueExploring the motor grounding hypothesis in patients with Developmental Language Disorder 
Lorraine D Reggin  Affective embodiment or learning through language? How children develop abstract word knowledge  
Ligia E. Gómez  Two types of embodied action improve children’s informational text comprehension 
Laura Rio  Toys are more Familiar than Dolls: Object Familiarity and Hierarchical Level of Categorization  
Irene Lorenzini  Relationships between sensorimotor development and lexical development

24 September 2021 
Time: 14-19 (CEST)
Topic: Brain Signatures of Embodied and Situated Language Processing  

Yury Shtyrov Embodiment Electrified: Electrophysiology of Word Acquisition and Comprehension
 Maria Montefinese ERP effects of word concreteness under different task demands 
Samuel H. Cosper   Thunder and Lightning: How Sensory Modality and Temporal Synchrony of Stimulus Presentation Modulate Associative Word Learning 
Laura Bechtold Interindividual differences in association vs. similarity-driven semantic processing of concrete and abstract words 
Piermatteo Morucci Linguistic labels affect visual object recognition via the modulation of alpha/beta oscillations 
Claudia Repetto     From the brain to the body: Words learned with gestures induce motor resonance in the periphery  
Anastasia Malyshevskaya    Interactions between numerical and temporal concepts: A semantic priming study 
Ana Zappa Does embodied verb learning affect representation and retention? 
Valentina Niccolai Neurophysiological mechanisms of perspective-taking: an MEG investigation of agency  

27 September 2021 
Time: 14-19 (CEST) 
Topic: Behavioral Measures of Embodied and Situated Language Processing  

Arthur Glenberg Are ACEs high or low?
Anita KörnerExamining the Influence of Articulatory Compared to Acoustic Mechanisms in Valence Sound Symbolism 
Olesia Platonova Warm + fuzzy: Perceptual semantics can be activated even during surface lexical processing 
Mauricio Castillo Distribution and variation of unidimensional space in the LSU time lexicon 
Fritz Günther Grounding representations of non-experienced referents: A data-driven computational approach 
Eóin Dooley Spatial Associations of Verbal Quantifiers in Probabilistic Decision-Making 
Oksana Tsaregorodtseva Do some circumstances affect the reactivation of sensorimotor experiences during language comprehension? 
Luca RinaldiSpatial representations from non-spatial knowledge  
James TrujilloVisual information in computer-mediated interaction matters: investigating the association between the availability of gesture and turn transition timing in conversation 
Linda Drijvers  The multimodal facilitation effect in human communication

29 September 2021 
Time: 14-19 (CEST) 
Topic: Clinical measures and Models of Embodied and Situated Language Processing  

Agustín Ibáñez Embodied cognition and situatedness in clinical conditions
Cosimo TuenaThe Linguistic Inverse Looming effect (LILE): Crosslinguistic evidence that agent embodiment speeds up sentence comprehension 
Laura SpeedOdour language without the sense of smell 
Emiko MurakiInvestigating the Basis of Sensorimotor Simulation in Language Processing: An Individual Differences Approach 
Elisa MonacoFirst and Second Language at Hand: A Chronometric Transcranial-Magnetic Stimulation Study on Semantic and Motor Resonance 
Mariagrazia RanziniA common neural substrate for number comparison, hand reaching, and grasping 
Alex MiklashevskyWhere is your time? Focus on spatial language activates horizontal time representations

Invited Speakers

Anna BorghiDepartment of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology Sapienza University of RomeItaly 

Gabriella ViglioccoDepartment of Experimental Psychology University College London UK 

Yury ShtyrovCenter for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN)Aarhus UniversityDenmark

Arthur GlenbergDepartment of Psychology Arizona State University USA

Agustín IbáñezCognitive Neuroscience Center San Andres University  Argentina


Main Organizer: 

Claudia Gianelli (Pavia, Italy)

Organizing Team:Sara Lo Presti (Pavia, Italy)Carlotta Maiocchi (Pavia, Italy)Ghata Arya (Potsdam, Germany)Katharina Kühne (Potsdam, Germany)Elena Kulkova (Potsdam, Germany)

Contact us at eslp2021.organizers@gmail.com

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IUSS |Scuola Universitaria Superiore 


ICoN |IUSS Cognitive Neuroscience Center 

ANT Neuro | inspiring technology for the human brain 


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