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Michael Pleyer

Michael Pleyer is a PhD student in English Linguistics at the Department of English at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences. He studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Nottingham (Erasmus scholarship 2008/2009) and obtained his state examination in English Philology, German Philology and Psychology at Heidelberg University in 2012.  His PhD project, for which he was awarded a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2012, deals with perspectivation, perspective-taking, and perspective-setting in language, cognition and interaction. His research interests include Cognitive Linguistics, language acquisition, cognitive poetics, perspective-taking and -setting in language, cognition and interaction, social cognition, and the evolution of language, cognition and culture. He has a blog, Shared Symbolic Storage (http://sharedsymbolicstorage.blogspot.com), and contributes to the academic group blog A Replicated Typo (http://www.replicatedtypo.com), on the evolution of language, culture and cognition. Currently, he’s one of the co-organizers for the 3rd Linguistic Conference for Doctoral Students: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Discourse, and Culture (April 05-06, Heidelberg, http://staps.stuts.eu).

His publications include:

  • (2012): “Cognitive Construal, Mental Spaces and the Evolution of Language and Cognition.” In: Thomas C. Scott-Phillips, Monica Tamariz, Erica A. Cartmill und James R. Hurford (Eds.): The Evolution of Language. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on the Evolution of Language. Singapore: World Scientific, 288-295.
  • (2012): “Human Uniqueness from the Perspective of Evolutionary Anthropology and Cognitive Science.” In: Logoi: Heidelberger Graduiertenjournal für Geisteswissenschaften 2.2 http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ojs/index.php/logoi/article/view/9513
  • (2012): “Perspective and Perspectivation in Language and Cognition: A Cognitive-Linguistic and Cognitive-Developmental Approach.” In: Ute Schmid et al. (Eds.): Proceedings of KogWis2012. 11th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society. Bamberg: Bamberg University Press, 46-47.


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